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Welcome Home To Super Bowl Champion Earl Thomas

County Record Vol. 53 No. 45

The Community Newspaper of Orange, Texas

Week of Wednesday February 12, 2014

WO considering rebuilding housing $28,000 could rent a one bedroom unit for $550 a month. The federal government gives the states the tax credits to allocate to the properties. McDonald asked what was the application process. Akbari said since the 1950’s, public housing was the housing of last resort. Since that time, housing authorities are privatizing complexes to ensure a

David Ball

For The Record

Now it may be the city of West Orange’s turn to update their public housing complex. The Orange City Council recently approved building the Arthur Robinson II, Pine Grove and Velma Jeter projects. The West Orange City Council, likewise, held a workshop Monday night on the proposed Whispering Oaks development on Memphis Street. Chris Akbari, executive vice president with the ITEX Group which also is developing the Orange Housing Authority properties, spoke at the

Earl Thomas to ride in Mardi Gras Parade One Orange resident who has gained national and international fame will be a special guest for the 2014 Mardi Gras on the Sabine on February 22. Earl Thomas III, Super Bowl champion, Seattle Seahawk, former Texas Longhorn and West Orange-Stark Mustang, will be riding in a vehicle for the course of the parade. Ida Schossow, president of the Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce, said they are very excited to have Thomas participate. The parade grand marshals will be Juanita Smith and her family. She and her husband, Edward who passed away in January, helped with Mardi Gras the last 11 years. The parade starts at 5 p.m. at the downtown Pavilion on the river walk. It then proceeds down Division, to 10th, to Green, to Simmons, to Front and ends at the Pavilion. Then, the after party starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Pavilion with Wayne Toups playing. The event is sponsored by the city of Orange and is free to the public

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better class of tenants. Policy changes include a criminal history check, credit check, sexual predator check and a rental history check. McDonald then asked what if the resident is arrested after they move in. Akbari said the eviction process will begin after the resident is discovered. It will be an 18 day process without a housing subsidy and a 30

day process with the housing subsidy. All residents over the age of 18 will have a criminal background check performed. Checks are re-ran again for rental renewals. Akbari added they have a zero tolerance on this policy. Councilwoman Shirley Bonin PUBLIC HOUSING Page 3A

LCM Bears Finish Season With Win Chris Akbari, executive vice president of the ITEX Group, shows what the interior will look like if Whispering Oaks public housing project is rebuilt in West Orange. The West Orange City Council conducted a workshop Monday night to receive information on the process. RECORD PHOTO: David Ball

workshop about the West Orange public housing complex. He said the housing stock in the city is “very aged.” “The West Orange property was built in the 1950s. We will privatize the units, demolish and rebuild them. We will demolish 20 units and rebuild with private funds,” Akbari said. Those private funds will include Low Income Tax Credits and private bank debt. Ultimately, 70 new units will be built, spread throughout the four acres of property the OHA owns. OHA inherited the property from the now defunct Orange County Housing Authority several years ago. The units will be at a lower rental rate for affordable income and at different income levels, Akbari said. A U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) subsidy will as-

sist with the rental rate. Renters must also be part of a working program- either they have a job or they are actively looking. The new complex will be a gated, have a community building, a computer center to assist residents in acquiring their GEDs, job search assistance, help with students’ grades and how to be financially sufficient. The complex will also have new water and sewer service. Mayor Roy McDonald asked what additional property did the OHA acquire. Don Ball, also with ITEX, said a trailer on the property and a house at 721 on Memphis Street. City Councilman Mike Trahan asked how the units are leased. Akbari said the tax credit allows the rent to be at a lower rate. For instance, someone with an annual salary of

Old park could receive new life David Ball

For The Record

A well-known park on the city’s east side may soon be receiving a makeover. A public hearing was held Tuesday morning at the regular meeting of the Orange City Council concerning improvements to Navy Park. The public hearing is part of the Environmental Review Process. The proposed project will take place in the 100-Year Flood Plain in the Historic Navy District. This work is funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development Community Development Block Grant. Sandra Wilson, the city’s grant planner, reported to the

council the project consists of rehabilitation and upgrading Navy Park to ADA compliance, creating a recreational facility in a neighborhood park setting for residents in a low to moderate area. Improvements will include rehabilitation of the basketball court. Wilson called it repurposing, or removing, the court for the provision of a skate park. She added there’s a nearby basketball court at Solomon Johnson Park. The baseball field will be repurposed into two soccer fields. Old, rusted barbecue grills and dilapidated picnic tables will be removed. Rehabilitation or replacement of OLD PARK Page 3A

The Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears finished the 2014 season in style by defeating cross county rival the Vidor Pirates 56-54 with seven seconds left in the game. It was a fitting end for the hometown team at the Bear Cave on Tuesday night. Above: Trumaine Elmore taps in points for the Bears. Looking to rebound if necessary is Blake Fuss, NO. 50. LCM finsihed Dist. 20-4A with a 9-5 record under coach Darrin Harley. RECORD PHOTO: Larry Trimm

OC takes bids on mobile home with title Debby Schamber For The Record

Orange County Commissioners voted Monday to finally get rid of a county owned mobile home located on the corner of Border and Polk Streets. The trailer was obtained following Hurricane Ike to be used as temporary office space. After county buildings were rebuilt the mobile home was vacated and remained on

county property. Commissioners thought about relocating it, but were unable to find a solution. Thibodeaux Orange County Judge Carl Thibodeaux remarked the city of Orange has called him daily about moving the mobile home since the area is not zoned for that type of structure. In the end,

commissioners voted to pursue a title for the mobile home and once it is obtained it will be put up for bids and sold. Other action taken by commissioners included a payment to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department Crime Lab in the amount of $182,670. This is an annual payment. According to Orange County Sheriff Keith Merritt, this payment is for much needed services which is not available in Orange County.

Commissioners approved travel for the County Clerk, Karen Vance and her employees to attend educational conferences throughout the remainder of the budget year. The funds used will be from the dedicated funds instead of the travel education and registration seminars funds. Also, approved by commissioners was permission to hire a replacement driver in the Transportation Department. Two bullet proof vests will

be donated to local agencies. Tommy Smith, who retired from the OCSO in January will be able to take his vest with him for his new job at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. In addition, a former reserve deputy will take his vest with him to his job in Pinehurst. Merritt said this is not uncommon and the sheriff’s office has plenty of them to allow for the transfer.

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Taking risk, choosing to love BCISD goes forward with HB5 plan Caroline Brewton Feature Columnist For the Record


s a kid, I had a lot of fears. I was afraid of insects and burglars and hurricanes and my dad dying while he was out on assignment. I felt a constant, low-level anxiety when I or anyone I loved left the house. I was a weird kid. Inside, though, surrounded by my family, I felt safe and happy. Yes, I understand the obvious metaphorical significance of my parents’ house as a fortress, protecting me from the harsh realities of life. But my parents’ house is a literal fortress: nearly a century old, built to withstand high winds and flooding, and incidentally, burglars. It is small, with a thick, heavy front door and best of all, double-paned, screened hurricane windows. With three layers between me and the outside world, I felt nigh invincible. Nothing was going to get to me. Like all storied fortresses, however, it had one great weakness: the windows in the back room. Probably it once was a screened-in porch and only later received the walls and fixtures that made it into a room proper. That explanation accounts for the difference in its windows, at least, which are singlepaned, and, in my humble, then-nine-yearold-opinion, a major flaw. I grew out of most of those old fears, though I still call a very good friend to squish any errant bugs that might have the misfor-

tune to wander into my home. No, I’ve replaced burglars and storms with a new set of neuroses. Now I’m afraid of the people I love. It’s the people you love that really have the power to hurt you, you see. More than burglars. More than hurricane-force winds. You risk terrible heartache by choosing to love another person. Trusting other people makes you vulnerable. So I built walls, layers of glass and screen, to insulate myself from hurt. The problem is not that I’m unfriendly, but rather, while I’m happy to wave from behind my fortress, I don’t invite many visitors inside. I’m not sure what it is that turned me into such a coward, but I found that I don’t much like the change. When did I lose the courage to invest in other people? It’s a lonely existence behind those walls. They prevent me from knowing and being known. A realization came to me as I revisited my parents’ house after my college graduation: those fortified windows are awfully safe, but they make the whole house dark. The back windows are a different story. Sure, they may be the least indurate windows in the house, but they also let in the most light. We accept risk for the beauty it brings — and cross our fingers a bad storm doesn’t hit. But if it does, my dad explained later, those windows are safety glass. They’re not as fragile as I thought.

Britt Godwin was one of the performers at the benefit Saturday for RIchard “Diesel” Durkin. RECORD PHOTO: Penny LeLeux

Awesome music, great food benefit Orangefield’s Durkin Penny LeLeux For The Record The Bridge City Community Center was packed Saturday at the benefit for Diesel Durkin. Dinners of either barbecue or jambalaya were flying out the door. Music for the day was provided by four sets of entertainers: David Joel, Britt Godwin and Bubba; Deep Creek Band; and The Fanatics. An auction was held throughout the day with the top prize being a framed and signed Johnny Manziel Jersey and football going in a heated battle for $3,240. Everyone was having a great time while raising money to help pay for Durkin’s medical bills. Durkin, a long time resident of Orangefield was in a bad motorcycle crash in September and is still recovering from traumatic brain injury among other things. Stephanie Edgerly, organizer of the event wants to thank the entire Community that came out and supported the event with their donations and love.

Debbie Schamber For The Recod

Since HB5 passed in June 2013, it has been up to the State Board of Education and now school districts to determine how the new law will be implemented. However, it is not just one thing the bill will impact. The multi-faceted HB5 will impact a number of areas in the Texas Education Code. House Bill Five reduces the number of exit exams required for graduation from 15 to 5. It also establishes the new A-F accountability system for districts, and gives students multiple pathways to graduation by creating endorsement plans specific to career paths. Recently, Region 5 Superintendents met with the Southeast Texas Plant Managers Forum to begin taking some steps toward the future of education. The forum represented 53 industrial facilities in the area. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss a partnership between the districts and industry. The partnership will help area districts prepare for a student’s future in industry should a student choose to pursue that type of career, said Mike King Bridge City Superintendent “Courses created by districts, institutes of higher education and industry would allow students to work toward an industry certificate, higher education credit and high school credit, “ King said. HB5 is designed to instill more flexibility in public education by enabling students to either pursue a traditional path into colleges and universities or move directly into the workforce to help fill what business leaders say is a critical skills shortage. BCISD initially started with a certificate program in welding. It is the district’s plan that the next step will to be to allow students the opportunity

with the new program to start students in high school working on a degree plan such as instrumental degree. The bill literally transforms the current graduation program. It creates greater flexibility for students to pursue a high school diploma that meets the rigor and relevance needed to accomplish their goals in higher education and the workforce. The current “four by four program” has been known for the reason for vocational classes cuts It consists of four years each of math, English, science and social studies, King said. ‘The four by four plan is what has caused the career and technology classes to be trimmed down,” King said in a

previous interview The hope of King and the educators is to allow a student to graduate with college prep plans, career prep or both. Currently the system is a college plan or minimum plan which is not what is wanted. Instead they would prefer a college and career plans. “This would allow for expansion of the vocational programs,” King said. This has all happened because of a grass roots movement by parents, community members, teachers and educators, King said. King plans for more meetings in the near future to determine where the partnerships will take them next.

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Old Park the walk track will occur, adding stretch/physical fitness bars/benches along the walk route to encourage physical fitness. The play structure destroyed during Hurricane Rita will be replaced along with the installation of a small water feature squirt area for summer use. All items will be ADA accessible. The parking lot will be enlarged to accommodate park use, with ADA parking spaces and access added. Some benches and trash receptacles will be added to accommodate park use. Councilwoman Essie Bellfield asked when will nearby

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Cooper’s Gully be cleaned out since it’s the source for water to enter Navy Park. City Manager Shawn Oubre answered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Galveston are holding up the process because they consider Cooper’s Gully as a waterway and not a ditch. The city also desires to cement the gully. The skate park will be a skate at your own risk environment with signs posted stating so. Councilman Tommy Ferguson would like to see picnic tables installed at the park. Though the recent weather has been chilly, it will soon be warm, bringing out the mos-

Public housing asked if the policy is enforced. Akbari said properties receiving tax credits are watched by HUD, the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs and banks who make the loans and is enforced closely. “We can remove them if they’re not following the housing policy,” he said. Patricia Coppage, vice chairwoman for the OHA board of directors, said the OHA staff previously did the appeals process for residents under eviction notice. The OHA board of directors have since taken over the appeals process. “We’re impartial now. We have two commissioners to hear appeals. They’re required to show documentation for the eviction,” she said. Trahan asked if the eviction appeals process is enforced currently if someone applied for housing. Coppage answered yes and they have a zero tolerance. Trahan then asked how many times residents have been evicted. Coppage said she didn’t have

quitoes too. In anticipation, the council approved authorizing the Orange County Mosquito Control District to fly low altitudes to apply insecticides for mosquito abatement within the city limits. The council approved the final reading of the curfew ordinance for minors. The curfew needs renewal every three years. Police chief L.L. Martin explained the curfew is for minors ages 16 and under during the hours of 12 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 4 p.m. to 6 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. The council approved the first reading of an ordinance

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a total number but there are less now since the housing authority has become tougher on this policy. Some of the most common reasons for eviction are failure to pay rent, criminal activity, people who are not residents staying in the unit and disturbing others. She added they have zero tolerance for drug possession and possession of firearms. “We also teach them how to housekeep or they’re out. We have a waiting list and there’s a lot less appeals,” Coppage said. Michael Stelly, city manager, asked if the properties have investors for them. Coppage said investors are particularly interested in the units because they have much at stake with their investments and they don’t want to jeopardize the tax credits. Akbari said another improvement to the new complex is there will be staff on site all of the time to prevent anything from happening and a manager present as at any leasing office. A fence will surround the property, traffic will be con-

trolled and there will also be cameras in place. Akbari added he has seen no documented proof property values of surrounding houses go down after public housing projects are built. “It’s reinvestment in the community and they remove blight,” he said. Bonin asked what ITEX will do with the people who are now living at Whispering Oaks. Akbari said they will offer residents either a mobility program or a voucher where they can move somewhere else. The OHA has funding so residents won’t have to pay the expenses of moving. The residents who move, however, must meet housing authority standards again whatever public housing complex they move. Trahan asked if these units will be identical in quality as other ITEX properties. Akbari answered in the affirmative and showed the council interior and exterior pictures of their Lumberton property as an example. The new Whispering Oaks will include one ,


requiring front yard residential fences be no more than four feet in height. Jimmie Lewis, director of planning and community development, said the existing height is five feet which was adopted in 2002. The change is recommended to improve the visual appearance of residential areas and allow for easier access to the residence by emergency providers. Resident Linda Patillo told the council she has a large dog who could jump over a four foot high fence. She asked if her fence could be made higher than that if she built it 25 feet from her property line. Lewis replied she can make her fence as high as eight feet at that distance. Also related to fencing matters, the council approved the

first reading of an ordinance prohibiting the use of galvanized fencing in front yards of commercial uses. The ordinance is designed to improve the visual appearance of commercial businesses. Lewis said a vinyl coated fence could be used instead. The first reading of an ordinance prohibiting the use of certain structures as accessory buildings was also approved. Pod type structures and shipping containers are not designed to be a permanent accessory in a city environment and are nuisances, especially in residential districts, Lewis reported. Councilwoman Theresa Beauchamp asked Lewis why couldn’t residents obtain a 30day permit to use the struc-

tures. Lewis said residents could use the structures for a two week period instead before they’re in violation. Oubre said he was concerned residents may order the structures online from an outside vendor that would be difficult to track and not meet the city’s ordinance. He added, though, if there’s a personal disaster, the city could work with residents. The council approved a resolution annexing a 40.56 acre tract out of the David Odom Survey and a 76.44 acre tract at 7637 MLK Drive, as requested by First Baptist Church of Orange. The property will be zoned as commercial.

two and three bedroom apartments. There will also be a few four bedroom units. Five percent of the units will be handicapped accessible. Akbari,

said the new complex can bring in $10 million in economic development. He added the application process is very long and very competitive.“It’s

not a done deal. We’ll know by the end of July,” he said. Council members will also tour other ITEX properties in the meantime.


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be held Friday, 10 a.m. at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City. Visitation will be Thursday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. May he rest in peace. Please see obituary. TURNING BACK THE HANDS OF TIME 10 years Ago-2004

From the Creaux’s Nest REMEMBERING OUR SPECIAL VALENTINE Valentine’s Day rolls around this Friday, Feb. 14. I’m fortunate to be surrounded with a group of very special ladies, week in and week out, that, to me, are special Valentines year round. They know who they are and how much I appreciate them. I’m sure a lot of you guys out there are also blessed with special Valentines. So often we take them for granted so remember them this Feb. 14. You don’t have to go overboard; it’s the thought that counts. So to my Sweethearts, “Happy Valentine’s Day.”*****We’re coming off a bad week. Our production last week went south on us. This time it wasn’t the “Gremlins.” Putting out good publications every week is not always smooth going. We really work hard to do our best to furnish a free community paper to the citizens. No other media reaches as many consumers in our market area. There are always going to be some days that really do test us however. Our apologies to Robert’s Meat Market and Restaurant for leaving their ad out of the paper last week. Robert’s will be back with his specials next week. Robert is not only a friend of many years but he’s a good advertiser. We have watched him over the years grow a small business into the great establishment that it is today; Robert is one of the great guys that will do to ride the range with. Our apologies to Cotton’s Corner Bingo for running the wrong date for their big Super Bingo this Saturday, Feb. 16. It is one of the nicest bingo halls in the south. If you haven’t visited yet, you will be impressed when you do. *****Things really were not all bad last week, the Richard “Diesel” Durkin benefit, that we helped promote, was a big success. Congrats to all the volunteers who devoted their time toward its success. *****It’s come time for me to move on. I know our friend Gene Brown and the others who read us cover to cover are looking forward to this issue. Gene says, “For many, the Record on Wednesday is their treat of the week.” Hop on board and come along, I promise it won’t do you no harm. U.S. AND LOCAL OUTLOOK ROSy USA Today quarterly economist survey, published Monday, predicts a rosy outlook. Job gains are expected to average 200,000 a month. The U.S. economy is headed for stronger growth in 2014 that will steadily chip away at the unemployment rate. The jobless rate dipped to a low of 6.6 percent in January and is expected to fall to 6.3 percent by years end. Most of the year’s expansion will be fueled by higher consumer and business spending. The economist said their 2014 forecast are more likely to prove too conservative than too rosy. The budget deficit has dropped from its peak by nearly two-thirds despite the failure to reach a long sought grand bargain. The auto industry has regained its footing. U.S. combat troops are out of Iraq and will be out of Afghanistan by the end of the year. The stock market is up, the Dow over 16,000, five years ago it was 7,600. Locally, a brighter future is expected to be right around the corner. Before years end a large $34 billion expansion, hiring 20,000 workers, will start up in Lake Charles. Additional expansions are starting up in the Sabine Pass and Port Arthur areas as well as the Port of Beaumont expansions on the Orange County side of the Neches River. Additional industry is expected near the same location. Chemical row will announce some growth projects and Jefferson County has some good things in the works. Our little part of Texas is poised to capitalize on future job growth, benefiting all of us on the Gulf Coast. Nothing hurts an area worse than bashing and crying wolf by citizens and most importantly, public officials. It hurts our schools, cities and county. We have great schools, well run cities and Orange County is one of the better counties in the state. The county has fared better than most through the difficult times. We are a debt free county that has faced shortfalls, no different than most businesses. The budget will continue to be tight but doesn’t need drastic measures. The climb back is slower than anyone would like but with continued good management and a better economy we can look forward to a rosy future.We’ll be fine; it’s not panic time. CONDOLENCES We were saddened to learn about the death of our longtime friend, Chief Steve Faircloth, 63. We had known Steve and his entire family for many years. His late father, Lee, mother Doris, brother Scott and wife Dorothy have all proceeded him in death. Only his sister Pat and daughter Stephanie remain. The Faircloths were a proud family who adopted Bridge City over 50 years ago to raise their family. They became an important community minded family. They helped pioneer the young city of Bridge City. Bother Steve and Scott went into law enforcement. Steve serving as Police Chief for 12 years, serving a total of 28 years in the Bridge City Police Department before his health forced him to retire. Steve had faced many personal tragedies in his life including brain surgery and other health problems. Through it all he remained a true and loyal friend. His father was a labor leader that was a personal friend. I relied on him and Steve several times over the years and they were always the kind of friends I could count on. Services will

Bridge City Chamber honors Tom Perry as “Ambassador of the Year.” Past president Lou Raburn said, “No one has ever deserved it more, when you think of ambassador, you thank of Tom.” (Editor’s note: Tom died a few years ago but while he was with us he worked every day to make his community better.)*****Friday the 13th brought good luck for Mike Cedars, who took over as Chief Appraiser for the Orange County Appraisal District when his friend Pat Sanderson retired. (Editor’s note: Mike has done a great job. We extend a happy 10th anniversary to him.)*****Joe Grossman celebrates his 85th birthday Feb. 11. Others celebrating this week are Crystal Fusilier and Betty Jo Spence. *****Pat Johnson, at Sunset Grove Country Club, fed the Wednesday Lunch Bunch. *****Mid-County Teachers Credit Union and SBT Federal Credit Union merge. *****The Lutcher Theater presents Tony award winner, “Kiss me Kate.”*****Tommy Gunn and Steve Parkhurst announce the formation of the law firm Gunn & Parkhurst, Attorneys at Law. *****Major League pitcher John Patterson works out at Sam Moore’s indoor baseball facility, “The Zone,” with W.O.-S senior catcher Ryan Crouch before returning to the Diamondbacks. Patterson a graduate of W.O.-S signed a pro contract right out of high school in 1997. *****Judge Don Burgess is giving up his seat on the 9th Court of Appeals. Re-districting has made it very difficult to out vote the Woodlands and Houston area. *****Gov. Rick Perry appointed 22 to the Energy Planning Council and not one from Southeast Texas. Our little part of Texas is forgotten and will likely be for a long time. *****Rev. Leo Anderson and his bride Ivalyn celebrate their 43rd anniversary on Feb. 18. (Editor’s note: Rev. died a few years ago and I understand Ms. Ivalyn is in a nursing home. *****GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN: Perniece “Niece” Bell Ferguson, 82, of Bridge City, died Saturday, Feb. 14. Services to be held Friday, Feb. 20 at Claybar in Bridge City.***Claiborne E. Clark, 63, of Mauriceville, died Feb. 13.***Terry Fuselier, Sr., 53, of Bridge City, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, in Columbia, South Carolina.***Margurette Smith, 81, of Deweyville, died Feb. 12.***Louise Fregia Garza, 80, of Mauriceville, died Sunday, Feb. 8.***Terri Lynn Newton, 32, of Orange, died in Bridge City Feb. 3, services were held Feb. 6.*****Those who left us 15 years ago: Roy Melvin Hatton, Bridge City pioneer, died Feb. 16, 1999.***Bennie Johnson, owner of Southern Printers, diedFeb. 16.***Ed “Buttons” Bacon III, 45, died Feb. 6.***Edna Mae Burch Callahan, 55, died Feb. 15.***Jeremy Stone, 16, died Feb. 15. 35 years Ago 1979-2004 Lennie Rutledge is named the 1979 Woman of the Year at a banquet given in her honor by the Bridge City Business and Professional Women’s Club. Jeanne Wood made the presentation of Lennie’s life with poster sized photos from childhood to the present. Rutledge is married to Gene Rutledgs, who is post master of Corrigan. They have three children and two grandchildren. *****Joe Grossmam has relocated his jewelry store from Sulphur to Orange, across from Northway Shopping Center. Joe also celebrates his birthday Feb. 11. *****Gerland’s food chain opens its new store on MacArthur Drive. The store will employ over 100 workers. *****Cynthia Hooks celebrated her birthday on Feb. 10. A beautiful lady who is married to Dan Ray. ***W.T. Oliver “Boss Cajun” will be a year older Feb. 15. *** Clint Britt will turn 17 Feb. 16. Also, celebrating her birthday on the same day is lovely Betty Jo Spence. *****Coach Willie Ray Smith was guest speaker for the Charter Banquet and Installation of Officers of the East Town Optimist Club. Calvin Collins will serve as the clubs first president. Other officers are Charles Wright,VP; Curt Booker, VP; Ronald Jenkins, secretary; andRoy Jenkins, toastmaster. Board members include Al Wright, C.O. Smith, George Lovette, Rev. S. Wills, Rev. C. Breaux and Roy Jenkins.*****Bridge City boxers, the Pipps brothers, dominated regional tournament. James, Joseph and Patrick each won his respective boxing match. The Bridge City Boxing Club won the team trophy at the Beaumont City Auditorium. Coach Roy Bendy said, “We entered the tournament with 17 boys and had 13 in the finals and won nine of those fights.”*****Sen. Carl Parker sponsors bill to permit hunting in Sea Rim Park. *****Melonee Willey, a 16-year-old junior at LC-M, will represent the Future Farmers of America Chapter at the district Sweetheart Banquet. She will compete with 24 other candidates from around the area for the title of District Sweetheart. Melonee is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Willey. 40 years Ago 1974-2004 Since Jerry Dearmond quit drinking the brew, alcohol consumption is down 18.2 percent according to friends. They say insurance rates should also go down. *****Andy Griffin, 37, head coach and athletic director at White Oak will assume those duties at Bridge City on March 1. Griffin replaces H.W. Chief Wilson who resigned to become vocational adjustment coordinator in the BC school district. Griffin’s hiring was recommended by Superintendent Glenn Pearson. *****Mary Wickersham Lemmond is leaving Orange and heading for Atlanta where a good job awaits her. *****LC-M Bearetts are basketball zone champions. Team members are Angela Kanoy, Theresa Duncan, Debbie McClelland, Debbie Martinez, Molly Malone, Doris Flanagan, Sheryl Miller, Julia Knight, Tanya Strickland, Karen Kachtik, Becky Dunn, Linda Bean, DeDe Crawford, Donna Peveto, Brenda Burch and Linda Warner. A FEW HAPPENINGS It didn’t take long; retailers across Colorado are baking, injecting, spraying and infusing marijuana in every conceivable food as the race to meet the demand for edible pot. Brownies are best known. Pot in candy, olive oil, granola bars, chocolate truffles and even spaghetti sauce is being pot made.*****A representative from Sen. Ted Cruz’s office was in town last week and he got an ear full from citizens affected by the proposed flood insurance plan. Cruz, along with Sen. Cornyn, voted against delaying the plan but a four year delay was passed by the senate. Now the bill is up to the house. It could end up in a closed door house/senate conference. Cruz’s representative misrepresented the truth. He said the delay would cost $29 billion. However, the congressional budget office says it would cost only $2.1 billion in subsidizing insurance in high risk areas. None of us came in on a watermelon truck. We know Cruz and Cornyn are protecting insurance companies. It didn’t bother Cruz when the government shut down, which he helped cause, cost the country $39 billion. *****Harry and Margie, at Harry’s

Appliance, are holding their annual “President’s Day Sale.” Check them out. Specials on Maytag throughout the store. If your Valentine has been wanting a new Maytag washer and dryer, the world’s best, now is the time to buy.*****Last week, a ribbon cutting was held at the new Expo Center. It’s a real Orange County treasure. What some people don’t know is that the center was the brain child of Don Kachtik, one of Bear Bryant’s boys at A&M and former Ag agent for Orange County. The CHAMPS organization raised $134,000 to buy the land and donated it to the county. *****We had a nice visit with Bridge City native Mike Hatton last week. He’s a VP inUncle Walter’s Community Banks. Mike’s sister Milla Don was visiting him and Nancy from Arkansas. *****Gene Smith is doing a great job as Orange County Veterans Officer. He has one employee vacancy in the VA office that needs to be filled. Veterans and widows fill that office daily seeking help and the federal government has cut veteran funds. We certainly don’t need to short change our veterans here at home. We should fill that job. I know Gene, he wouldn’t ask if not badly needed. *****Judge David Peck has just returned from attending Justice of the Peace classes at Baylor Law School. JP’s are required to take a certain amount of classes yearly, plus they take refresher courses throughout the year. They have to keep up to date with all the new laws and practice them everyday. They really become experts in that field. *****A few folks we know celebrating their special day this week. Feb. 12 is the birthday of Christy Reeves, Marjorie Gandy and Sara Childs. Also, Feb. 12 is the birthday of President Abe Lincoln and another good man, the late F.L. McClain, former superintendent at Orangefield.***On Feb. 13, Liz Fontenot, Jeremy Delano and Judy Ford celebrate. In 2013, on Feb. 13, we lost Joyce young, the wife of our friend Kenneth. Joyce was a special lady and friend.*****Feb. 14 is Valentine’s Day and also the birthday of our friend, former Pinehurst mayor T.W. Permenter, Dan Batchelor, Judy Harrison and Jordan Guidry.*****On Feb. 15, our friend Harold Forse celebrates his 94th birthday. We send this good man our best wishes. Also celebrating is a man we have long respected, Robert Montagne, former Orangefield superintendent. *****On Feb. 16, our buddy Port Director Keith Wallace celebrates, as does Clint Britt, Vicky Stanley and Patricia Davis. *****Feb. 17 is President George Washington’s birthday and also President’s Day, a national holiday. Celebrating on this day are Kim Harmon, Mellisa Tuttles, John Chauvin and Lucy Pulliam. *****On Feb. 18 our friend Norman Berry turns 74. Just the other day he was one of the youngsters in the KKK, (Kroger Koffee Klub). Also celebrating is Leah Gunstream and Justin Broussard. Happy birthday to all. Please see complete list. *****I’m enjoying the Winter Olympics being held in Sochi, Russia, and pulling for the USA to bring back more metals. *****Speaking of sports, Michael Sam is moving the bar. He will test the mindset of the NFL as the only openly gay pro-football player. I’m sure he’s not the first but you have to admire him being courageous enough to say, “Here I am and I’m gay.”*****This week the Wednesday Lunch Bunch will dine at Novrozsky’s next week back to Robert’s. Everyone is welcome. *****I understand T.W. and Lyndia Permenter are new great-grandparents as of last week. It’s their second but I don’t know the particulars. Birthdays This Week Christy Reves, Delondra Cooper, Frank Skeeler, Dola Rucker, Jordan Guererro, Marjorie Gandy, Michele Moore, Sara Childs, Frank Skeeler, Judy Ford, Lee Ann Jaarah, Liz Fontenot, Jeremy Delano, Fred Kennedy, Judy Harrison, Jordan Guidry, Dan Batchelor, Robert Montagne, Drew Doman, Inez Jones, Judy Brownlie, Mandy LeBauve, Patricia Davis, Vicky Stanley, Ann McDuff, John Chauvin, Kim Harmon, Mellisa Tuttle, Rolf Schulz, Alayna George, Tom Edwards, Lucy Pulliam, Ashley Floyd, Bernice Say, Justin Broussard, Jeremy Crocker, Betty Drachenberg, Leah Gunstream and Charlotte North. CAJUN STORy OF THE WEEK Orellia Comeux and Josie Menard were talking dem and Orellia her, was complaining dat her husband always came home late, no matter how she try to stop him. Josie responded, “Once my old man him, came home at tree o’clock in da morning and from my bed I called out, Jim, is dat you honey? And dat cured him yea.” “Cured him? Orellia ax, but how’s dat, hanh?” Josie answer, “Well, my old man’s name him, is Clovis.” C’EST TOUT It’s been a worse than normal winter but sunshine and spring is right around the corner. Next week gardeners should start breaking ground for their spring gardens. We still have a frost or two left and this winter will be all done. *****The up coming election is finally showing a little interest locally but not much interest that I can see, in the congressional and state races. Early voting starts next Tuesday, Feb. 18. There is so much political negativity on the national level that I believe many voters are turned off. The radical element has gotten louder and louder and more extreme. It’s changed over the years and not for the better. That should not be a reason for not voting, in fact it should be a motivation to vote, otherwise the extremist win. I even hear now about a local Party official endorsing candidates in the Primary. It’s not ethical and may be unlawful. *****We’re running short handed so I’d best finish up and get this turned in. Be sure to read us cover to cover. Shop our family of advertisers when you can and tell them we sent you. If you go off over the President’s Day weekend be real careful. Lately, we have lost for to many of our people in auto accidents. It’s always sad but it makes you mad when you hear about a senseless death like 16-year-old Nicole Bertrand of Vidor. Thanks for your time. Take care and God bless.

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Community Bulletin Board

This years Relay For Life will be from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., Friday, May 2 at Bridge City High School and the theme is “Planting the Seed for the Cure”. For more information about the event contact Bridget LeBlanc at 409-651-0302 or you can send an e-mail to

Eagles to host pool tourney

WOC will release early Friday, Feb. 14

The Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2523, located at 803 N. 28th St. in Orange, will host a pool tournament at 8 p.m. each Friday. The two tables are free Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday nights. Popcorn will be served and a drink special will be offered until 11 p.m. The community is invited to come meet the members of Aerie 2523 and join in the fun. For more info leave a message for Sharon Bodin after 4 p.m. at 886-7381.

• North Early Learning Center -- 11 a.m. • WO-S Elementary -- 11 a.m. • Academic Alternative Center -- 11:30 a.m. • WO-S Middle School – 12 p.m. • WO-S High School -- 12 p.m.

WOS Baseball Scrimmage rescheduled to Feb. 12

Donkey Basketball game on Feb. 25th.

The WOS Baseball Scrimmage at Vidor has been changed to Wednesday, Feb. 12. JV will play at 4:30 with Varsity to follow


Walgreens named BCCC Business of the Month

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Advanced tickets are for sale for $6.00 with Michelle Huff @ the High School. The tickets will be $8.00 the night of the game. We will have concessions for sale, half-time entertainment, post-game Award Ceremony and a tournament style Donkey Basketball game!.

Relay for Life team captain meeting Link sale Saturday to be held Feb. 24 The American Cancer Society would like to invite you to the next Orange County Relay For Life Team Captain meeting that is set at 5:45 p.m. for Monday, Feb. 24 at Lamar State College Orange Wilson Building in Room 101 If interested in signing up a team for this years Relay For Life visit their website at .

The Lady Bear Soccer Team will hold a link sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 15 at Superior Tire on 16th Street in Orange. A link on a bun, chips, and a drink will be sold for $5.

Benefit link sale Saturday A benefit link and bake sale for Emily and Curtis Constantine, husband Curtis and their family will be held at noon, Saturday, at the Big Lots Shopping Center. This family lost everything in a house fire on Jan. 28.

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Food Show at Civic Center on Feb 20 Civic Center to Fill with Students and Savory Smells of School Food Selections: Approximately 1100 SETX students along with school administrators, parents and food service employees from across the region will participate in the 14th Annual Region 5 School Food Show & Tasting on Feb. 20 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The“School Nutrition Across Texas,” event is sponsored by the Region 5 Food Service Cooperative and will bring together approximately 80 vendors that provide food and beverage items to the Region 5 Food Service Coop districts. Vendor will offer new items as they compete for the attention and votes of the students. Coop school districts will make fu-

Is SPENDING the only problem with the county budget? NO! Saying that more cuts to spending is the solution to our problem is a simple, knee jerk, short sighted response to a complex problem. Yes, we must maintain a tight fisted approach to the budget and be good stewards of the taxpayer’s money. But is the solution to ending a $3 million deficit achieved by saving $100.00 on copy paper or requiring an office share one stapler? NO, these are not answers! The main problem with our budget is that our county economy is stagnant and GROWTH is the answer! The state of Texas is setting records in population and economic growth while we in Orange County are being left out. The answer is not reviewing the budget with a red pen in hand searching for the next $100.00 to cut. Even as a valid exercise this approach is limited since as much as 40% of the budget cannot be touched because it is either state mandated or controlled by contracts. We need someone with vision, someone that is committed to finding ways to maximize the resources we are blessed with in Orange County. GROWTH IS THE TRUE ANSWER to solving our deficit problem. Bringing in new business, expanding our current industrial base and making Orange County attractive to new families while being diligent about cost control is the coarse we must set. I am the candidate with the skills, education and temperament to make this happen. I ask for your vote for Pct. 2 County Commissioner. A rising tide lifts all boats, no matter the size. Together we can raise the revenue generated to the County coffers and make Orange County a more prosperous and better place to raise our families without raising taxes.

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Staff Report For The Record The Bridge City Chamber recognized Walgreens as the January Business of the Month. The award was presented at the Chamber’s Monthly Networking Coffee held at the OrangefieldCormier Museum located on FM 105 across from the High School in Orangefield. Walgreens opened in Bridge City at their current location, 1790 Texas Avenue, in November of 2008 on the heels of Hurricane Ike. The storm only delayed the opening by about a month. In December, Walgreens purchased Nick’s Pharmacy and has been growing ever since. Not only is the pharmacy, which accepts Medicare B and D and workers comp, available; Walgreens offers health testing including cholesterol, and immunizations along with the variety of merchandise in the store. Walgreens supports the community with their “get, stay and live well goals.” Great customer service is also one of the services they are being recognized for. The LifeShare blood drive is held annually in September and other community events include flu clinics and immunization clinics. Walgreens has been very supportive of the local toy drives and this year the employees were able to fill a gap for our local children. The store now boasts a new photo lab creative center that can produce posters, banners and canvas prints along with their regular photo services. Store hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week with the pharmacy open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Billy Price accepted the Business of the Month plaque sponsored by David Self Ford along with a portfolio from Complete Staffing and gift certificates from Tiger Rock Martial Arts of Bridge City and David Self Ford. ture purchases based on the student votes. Your Food Show contact, Jean Kyle, is an excellent spokesperson for this popular event and is available for questions and live appearances. For more info please contact: Jean Kyle, Coop Coordinator, Region 5 Education Service Center at 409.951.1782 or

Income Tax Assistance The AARP Tax Filing Assistance Program will be offered starting 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the Orange Public Library. Trained volunteers will be available from 12:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday through April 11 and Tuesday April 15. Anyone seeking assistance should bring the following: All W-2 and 1-00 Forms including Soc. Sec. Benefits statements. Records of Capital Gains and Losses Receipts of medical expenses, taxes paid, interest paid, contributions, casualty and theft losses, job expenses, sales tax receipts for major purchases and Soc. Sec. cards for dependents. Also, a copy of the 2012 tax return is very helpful to volunteers assisting in the preparation of the 2013 return. Electronic filing will be available. No Tax Returns will be started after 4 p.m.

Shriners Sponsor Mardi Gras Dance - Mar. 1 Dance the night away with music by Na-Na- Sha at the Orange County Expo Center (FM 1442).All public is invited. BYOB. Admission is $15. For more info call 409-883-8568.


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Deaths and Memorials Death Announcement Paula Leonard Deweyville Paula Marie Leonard, 54, of Deweyville passed away on Feb. 8, 2014 at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont. She was born in Connellsville, Pa. to Edna (Jones) and Benjamin Crawford Jr. Paula was a longtime resident of Deweyville prior living in Fayette City, Pa. She had worked at Super Star in Deweyville for 10 years and she loved spending time with her grandchildren. Paula was a loving mother, aunt, grandmother and friend who will be missed dearly by all. She was preceded in death by her father, Benjamin Crawford; mother, Edna Crawford, brothers, Benjamin Crawford III, Paul Crawford; husband, Melvin Leonard Jr. Paula is survived by sisters, Edna Sethman and husband, Dale of Webster, Pa., Molly Lonce and husband, Wayne Sr. of Junction, Pa.; niece, Gabriella Wasyliw, nephews, Joshua Sethman, Wayne A. Lonce Jr., son, Lewis Leonard of Deweyville, daughters, Christina Burton and husband, Hollis of Anna, Ill., Charity Leonard of Vidor, Carman Schexnider of Anna, Ill.; three grandchildren. Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Dorman Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent for the family at Gage Dees Orange Gage Russell Dees, infant son of Derrick Dees and Keisha Mizell of Orange died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. Cremation arrangements were entrusted with Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Gage is survived by his loving parents, brother Clayton Anthony Mizell of Orange, grandmothers Lisa Norris of Orange and Rachael Dees of Vidor, great grandparents Richard and Joanne Galaviz of Vidor, uncle and aunt Justin and Somer Hipsley of Bridge City and cousins Raylon Hipsley and Anthony Hipsley. Services held Nicholas Franck Orange Nicholas “Nick” Alan Franck, 36, of Orange, passed away Feb. 7, 2014. Funeral services were Feb. 10 at Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Orange. Officiating was Pastor Sam Roe of Colony Baptist Church in Orange. Burial followed at Peveto Cemetery in Orange. Serving as pallbear-

ers were Willie Franck, Daniel Broussard, Michael Royer, Dustin Allen, Cory Risinger, Aaron Phelps, John Phelps, Brian Risinger, Eric Risinger and Adam Patton. Born in Orange on Dec. 23, 1977, Nick was the son of George Franck, II and Annette (Risinger) Franck. He loved being a cowboy and a ranch hand. Nick was a member of the Labors Local 350- pipeline division. He enjoyed riding his horse, playing guitar, hunting and fishing. Nick was preceded in death by his grandparents, Margaret and George Franck; uncle, Ben Risinger; and cousin, Tyler Risinger. He is survived by his parents; son, Hunter Franck; daughter, Sarah Franck; brother, Willie Franck all of Orange; sisters, Stacy Franck Broussard and husband, Daniel of Hayes, LA, Sherrie Royer and husband, Michael of Orange; grandparents, Delbert and Joyce Risinger; and many uncles, aunts,nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends. Lillie McCarver Orange Lillie Bell McCarver, 101, of Orange, passed away Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, at Gulf Health Care Center in Port Arthur. Funeral services were Feb. 10 at Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Orange. Burial followed at Evergreen Cemetery in Orange. Born in Tillman, La., on Feb. 18, 1912, Lillie was the daughter of Marion Padgett and Julia Ann (Warren) Padgett. She was a founding member of Community Church in Orange. Lillie was the matriarch of her family and took an active role in rearing all of her nieces, nephews and neighbors. She was preceded in death by husband, Walter McCarver; sister, Marie Burch; and brothers, George Day and Emory Padgett. Lillie is survived by her foster son, Wendel Worthen of Conroe; foster daughters, Faye Burch of Orange, Filicia Jerdee of Beaumont; and 5 generations of nieces and nephews. Ramona Cerda Orange Ramona R. Cerda, 42, of Orange passed away Feb. 9, 2014 at her residence. Service was Feb. 11 at River of Life Church in Vidor. Cremation arrangements were entrusted with Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. A native of Rosenburg, Ramona was a longtime resident of Orange and a homemaker. Ramona was preceded in death by her parents Raymond and Judy Cerda, and her sister Edna Cerda Aguirre. Ramona is survived by her brothers Henry Cerda- Willis Point, Gerald Cerda of Vidor, Anthony Cerda- Beaumont and Raymond Cerda- Vidor and many nieces and nephews.

Connie Rougeau Vidor Connie Lee Rougeau, 63, passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 6, 2014 in Vidor. Born in Seattle, Wash., Connie lived a young life in Shreveport La. moving to the Mauriceville area in the early 70’s. She enjoyed casino’s, reading and had creative talents. She was a superb cook and holiday meals were always enjoyed at Connie’s home. She loved Dobermans. She was preceded in death by her mother Estelle Newton, father, Oren Newton, daughter, Tiffany Rougeau. Surviving her are daughter Tina Grogan and husband Jim Grogan of Ohio, son Travis Flowers, wife Debra of Fla., son Troy Rougeau, wife Hollie, son Trenton Rougueau, wife Jennifer of Abeliene, and daughter Teather Honkomp, husband Oliver James, brothers Chris Newton of Ark. and Clayton Newton of La. She leaves behind 12 grandchildren and one great-grandson, who all adored her. Cremation was held under the direction of Claybar Haven of Rest Crematory in Bridge City. Janet Shue Mauriceville Janet Marie Hargrave Shue, 56, of Mauriceville, passed Feb. 3, 2014 at her residence following an illness. Services to honor Janet’s life were Feb. 7 at the Faith Assembly of God Church. Officiating was the Rev. Mark Compton, pastor of the House of Prayer Holiness Church in Mauriceville. Assisting was the Rev. Les Perry. Rite of Committal and Interment followed the service at The Cemetery in Mauriceville. Honoring Janet as pallbearers were Anthony Shue Jr., Thomas and Philip Shue, Brad Moss, Jason Bean, Lee Fontenot and Adam Perry. Honorary pallbearers were Robby Hargrave Jr., Robert Hargrave, Travis Darsey, Marcus and Mark Moss. Janet was born on August 6, 1957 in Orange to her parents, Ella Marie (Bennet) Hargrave and Leonard William Hargrave. She graduated from BCHS in 1975. She lived in Mauriceville for the last 36 years prior to Bridge City. She was a member of the House of Prayer Holiness Church in Mauriceville and a homemaker. Janet loved the Lord with all of her heart and enjoyed attending church worship, cooking, sewing and swimming. She loved her family dearly. She will be remembered as a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend to so many. Janet is preceded in death by her parents and her grandparents.

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Those who will carry on her legacy and cherish her memory are her loving husband, Anthony Shue Sr.; daughter, Marcia Moss and husband, Bradley, son, Anthony Shue Jr. and wife, Melissa, daughter, Joanna Fontenot and husband, Lee all of Mauriceville, daughter Tracy Bean and husband, Jason of Deweyville, daughter, Rachel Perry and husband, Adam of Stratford, Okla., son, Thomas Shue and wife, Britney of Mauriceville and son, Philip Shue of Mauriceville; brothers, Robert Hargrave and wife, Kim of Pineland, Leonard Hargrave of Bridge City and Richard Hargrave and wife, Thresa of LC; 16 grandchildren, three foster grandchildren and numerous extended family and friends. Memorial donations may be made to the Building Fund of the House of Prayer Holiness Church in Mauriceville to P. O. Box 359, Mauriceville, TX 77626-0359. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange. Condolences may be placed for the family at www. Margaret May Bridge City Margaret Lee Stout May, 91, of Bridge City, died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Orange, Texas. A graveside service was Feb. 8 at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens near Bridge City, with Mr. Tony Goins officiating. Born in Broken Bow, Okla., on March

24, 1922, Margaret was the only daughter of Franklin George Stout and Clora (Harris) Stout. She went to work at E. I. DuPont in Orange in 1946 and retired after 38 years. She married Herbert May on Nov. 11, 1943 and he passed away in 1971. She was a long time faithful member of the Bridge City Church of Christ. Margaret will be greatly missed by her dear friends, Dr. Alan Sexton and Lillian and Lee Sexton, all of Houston and Faye Knight of Bridge City. Joe R. Banse Orange Joe R. Banse, 88, of Orange and formerly of Houston, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning at The Meadows Nursing Home in Orange. A Mass of Christian Burial was Feb. 7, 2014, at St. Michaels Catholic Church in Weimar. Interment followed at St. Michaels Catholic Church Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Raymond Earl Barbre, Stevie Nicholas, David Janek, Norbert, Melvin and Leonard Banse. Honorary pallbearers were Dan Muske, Marvin Thielemann, Charlie Hoelscher and Herman Schoenmann. Born in Weimar on May 16, 1925, Joe was the son of Frank and Filomena (Berger) Banse. He was a meat cutter at Food Giant, loved to dance and loved his roses. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers and sisters and is survived by his wife of 33

Our family would like to thank Kristi Shelton and staff at Golden Years Assisted Living and Odessey Hospice for the loving care you gave Margaret May. Your kindness is so appreciated and will never be forgotten.

Chris and Faye Knight years, Juanita Banse of Orange; niece, Carolyn Janek of Weimar as well as other nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made to River City Hospice, 2688 Calder Ave., Beaumont, TX 77702. Elsie Switzer Starks Elsie Mae Switzer departed from her earthy family to join her Heavenly Father on the evening of Feb. 6, 2014. A celebration of Elsie’s life was Feb. 9 at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Pallbearers were grandsons, Todd McShan and Tory Wagstaff; great grandson, Jacob McShan; and nephews J. L, Kennan and Craig Bussell. Elsie was born on June 7, 1917, in Starks, La., to Ruben Perkins and Sarah Ashworth Perkins. She graduated as valedictorian of Starks HS and played basketball. Elsie was an active church member. During her church life, she was a Obits Page 7A

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member of the United Women’s Society, served on the church board, participated in plays, taught Sunday School, aided with numerous vacation Bible schools and was a church delegate to the United Methodist Church Conference many years. On occasions, she led the services at Wesley United Methodist Church. Elsie served as a homeroom mother and PTA member until she began working as a printer setter at Southern Printers in Orange retiring in 1976. She became more involved in her church and work related to it. Elsie Switzer was preceded in death by her parents; 1st husband, Andrew Baham; son, James Baham; 2nd husband, Howard Switzer; sisters Mary Jones and Victorian Johnson. She is survived by daughters Pat and Betty; and several grandchildren, great-grandchidren, nieces and nephews. Elsie’s family appreciates the Acadian Ambulance services, the doctor and the nursing staff in the emergency room at Orange Baptist Hospital, the friendship of Clarence Kite, Winnie and Bill Garrett, Glenn Dutton, Dorothy McCall of Port Neches and her friends at both Faith and Wesley United Methodist Churches and their ministers the Rev. Tony Hoefner and the Rev. Randy Branch. We thank Barbara, Michelle and Sue at Magic Touch Hair Studio, too. Memorials may be made to Faith United Methodist Church, 8608 Martin Luther King, Dr., Orange, TX 77632. Elise will be in the hearts of her family forever. Services to be held Bertha Benoit Orange Bertha Faye Spell Benoit, 70, of Orange went to be with her Lord on Monday, Feb.10, 2014 at Baptist Hospital in Orange. Faye was born in Port Arthur on Jan. 5, 1944 to parents Amy (Sonnier) and Homer Niles Spell. She had lived most of her life in the Orange area. She enjoyed reading, playing cards, going to bingo and going dancing. She loved working in the garden and watching her beautiful flowers grow. Faye was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend who will be missed dearly. She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her children, Janice Sandford and husband, James Gallaway of Stockbridge, GA, James Sandford and wife, Diane of Bella Vista, AR, Elizabeth Sandford and husband, James Martin of Orange, Amy Benoit of Orange; brother, Homer James Spell and wife, Nellie of Buna; four grandchildren; one great-granddaughter and one great grandson on the way. A gathering of family and friends to remember her life will be held on Thursday, Feb. 13 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Dorman Funeral Home. Cremation was held under the direction of the funeral home. condolences may be sent for the family at Ruth Reed Bridge City Ruth “Ruthie” Ann Bell Reed, 62, of Bridge City passed away Feb. 8, 2014, in Orange. Friends are invited to a Memorial Service to remember her life at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 at Second Baptist Church in Bridge City. Cremation was held under the direction of Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Ruthie was born Dec. 1, 1951 in Marshall to Clarence and Sara (Kratz) Bell. Ruthie graduated from Bridge City High School in 1970. She Obits Cont. Page 8A



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graduated E.T.B.U. in 1974 with a BA in Business and started teaching 8th grade in Newton. She worked summers at the Youth Camp in Newton. In 1978 she started her teaching career in Bridge City teaching 6th, 7th and 8th grade Reading. Ruthie graduated in 1984 from Lamar Univ. with a MD in Ed. She was a lifelong member of Second Baptist Church in Bridge City and taught a Sunday School Class which she dearly loved. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Clarence “Buddy” Bell Jr. and step-daughter, Ruth Reed. Ruthie is survived by her husband of 27 years, James Michael Reed; step-son, Jay Reed and wife Wendi of Port Neches; and grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Dr. Barbara Filippidis PH.D. and husband, John of Austin, Mary Meeks and husband, Phillip of Longview and Beth Chandler and husband, Tim of Bridge City; brothers, John Bell and wife, Cindy of Renton, Wash. and Joseph Bell; sister-in law, Ly Bell of Providence Rhode Island. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donation to the Humane Society of Southeast Texas, 2050 Spindletop Ave, Beaumont, TX 77705.

2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Orange. Officiating will be Chaplain David Abshire with New Century Hospice in Beaumont. Visitation will be from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. Sunday, at the funeral home. Born in Orange on April 29, 1961, Pam was the daughter of Bobby Ray Tucker and Shirley Ann (Tinsley) Tucker. A passion for Pam was riding her Harley- Davidson motorcycle. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bobby and Shirley Tucker; grandparents, John and Willie Ann Tinsley, H.D. and Mary Tucker; and nephew, Dustin Ousley. Pam is survived by her sisters, Angela Tucker Gunter of Mauriceville, Paula Fairchild of Orange, Lori Thompson and husband, Tommy of Deweyville; and nieces and nephews, Jillian, Adisyn, Madilyn, Loren and Caden Thompson, Stephen Tucker and wife, Tina, and their son, Austin, Devin Gunter and Taylor Fairchild. Cremation was held under the direction of Claybar Haven of Rest Crematory in Bridge City. Janis Vercher Orange Janis Abigail Vercher, 63, of Orange, passed away Feb. 9, 2014, at her home. A Graveside Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 at Dorman Cemetery in Orange. Officiating will be the Rev. James Sellers, pastor of Oak Grove Tabernacle in Hartburg.

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Born in Jena, La. on April 26, 1950, Janis was the daughter of Clifton Breland Jr. and Mary Lou Breland. Preceded in death by her brother, Clyde Breland, Janis is survived by her husband of 24 years, Tommy Vercher; children, Jeffery Hastings of La., Samantha Horace of Houston and Tommie Vercher of Orange; grandchildren, Chelsea and Zachary; and siblings, Tommy, Rodney, Jerry and Joey Breland. Stephen Faircloth Bridge City Funeral services for Steve Faircloth, 63, retired Bridge City Chief of Police, will be held at 10 am, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, at Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Bridge City. Officiating will be Chaplain Mike Eaves of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Masonic graveside services and Police Officers Military Honors will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens following the services. In honor of Steve’s wishes, cremation will be held under the direction of Claybar Haven of Rest Crematory with private interment of his remains at a later date. Steve, 63, passed away at his residence in West Orange on Feb. 7. He was a native of Port Arthur and a former longtime resident of Bridge City. Steve had resided in West Orange since 2008 following Hurricane Ike. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday at the funeral home. Steve was the son of the late Lee Scott and Doris Mae Faircloth. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy (Crumpler) Faircloth in 2006 and his brother, Lee Scott Faircloth, Jr. in 2000. Steve was a 1969 graduate of Bridge City High School and attended Sul Ross and the University of Virginia. He had graduated the 18 week FBI Academy in Quanti-

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co, Vir. and was a Master Police Officer through T.C.L.E.O.S.E. which is now known as T.C.O.L.E. Steve was also a member of the Bridge City Masonic Lodge. Steve started his law enforcement career in 1973 with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, serving under Sheriff Buck Patillo. He had also worked for the Vidor Police Department having ended his career with the Bridge City Police Department, retiring after 28 years with the department and serving 12 years as Bridge City Chief of Police. Steve is survived by his daughter, Stephanie Faircloth of Long Beach, Calif. and his sister, Pat Faircloth of Houston. Steve was a loving husband, father, brother and friend. He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him. Mrs. Altha Hoyt Orange The Celebration of Life for Mrs. Altha B. Pettaway Hoyt, 89, of Orange, will be Feb. 12, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Mount Zion Baptist Church. Rites of Christian Entombment will follow in the Heart Mausoleum of Magnolia Memorial Gardens under the direction of Sparrow Funeral Home. She passed away Feb. 2 at the Ahuja Medical Center in Beachwood, Ohio. A native of Newton, she resided in Orange 70 years. She retired from the WOCCISD. An Economic Teacher holding a Master’s Degree, she served 25 years before retirement. She is survived by one daughter, Rosita E. Motton (Leroy) of Solon, Ohio, one brother, Grover Burham of Newton, three sisters, Ethel Neal and Marylon Byrd, both of Orange and Faye Francis Daniels of Newton; two grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Offer sympathy expressions at Elizabeth Merriman Orangefield Elizabeth “Liz” Merriman, 74, of Orangefield, passed away Feb. 10, 2014, at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas in Port Arthur. Funeral Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Bridge City. Officiating will be Chaplain Mike Eaves of Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Burial will follow at W.R. Granger Cemetery in Orangefield. Serving as pallbearers will be Roy Goeddertz, James Goeddertz Sr., James Keith Goeddertz Jr., Michael Goeddertz, Rick Clark and Larry Granger. Visitation will be 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral

Tracy Renee Lee For The Record When a family experiences a death, almost every member of the household mourns, including the family dog. There are positive and proven ways that help one cope and recover from the loneliness and depression experienced with the death of a loved one. It is important to keep in mind however, that not everyone mourns nor recovers in the exact same way. Exercise is good for the heart, body and soul. A 20 to 40 minute aerobic activity results in improvement in the survivor’s state of mind. A vigorous pumping heart decreases anxiety, lifts the mood and creates a positive experience that persists for several hours. Psychological benefits associated with exercise are a welcome bonus for the bereaved. They are comparable to the gains found with standard forms of psychotherapy. Religion offers hope for the future and forgiveness for the past. It also offers like minded support and understanding. It can be a source for counseling and re-socialization, a gateway back to recovery. Family and friends can be a great resource for recovery. Traveling to visit loved ones in other areas or having them visit the survivor, offers companionship that is familiar, uplifting and relative to their life’s experiences. Hobbies occupy the mind and hands. They engage our brains and keep them in good health. Hobbies create a sense of accomplishment. They propel us toward a healthier and happier recovery. Counseling can help a survivor identify habits and encourage positive growth. It can yield a recovery plan that the survivor is unable to identify, implement and accomplish on his or her own. A support group is a scheduled gathering of people with common experiences and concerns. t provides emotional and moral support, as well as new perspectives on life, increased understanding of grief, and close personal ties. Traditions are also a wonderful tool for grief recovery. Observing traditions that were once enjoyed with the deceased, helps up accept that they are gone from us physically, yet with us still, through the activities and love we shared together. Such activities, now traditions, will aid your family by anchoring them securely to their heritage. Observing traditions stabilizes a family through loss, expansion and changing environments. Animal companionship typically results in fewer migraines and less persistent fears. Fewer phobias, lower levels of panic, and less drug and alcohol intake are very positive side effects associated with our furry friends. The love and acceptance of a pet, helps us to combat depression and isolation. If you have a family pet, be mindful of their needs. Taking Fido out for a brisk walk will provide both of you healthier opportunities for Bereavement Page 8A

home in Bridge City. Born in Port Arthur on Sept. 7, 1939, Liz was the daughter of Karl and Emma Lee (Broussard) Merriman. She retired from the Orange Sheriff’s Department after 12 years of service.She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, David Merriman. Liz is survived by her sons, Ronald Eugene Goeddertz of Buna, Roy Herman Goeddertz Jr. of Bridge City, David Karl Goeddertz of Orange and James Keith Goeddertz, Sr. of Vidor; daughter, Amanda Rene Browning of Bridge City; 10 grandchildren; and nine greatgrandchildren. Scott Cutler Deweyville Scott Cutler, 64, of Deweyville, passed away Feb. 10, 2014 at his home. Funeral Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at First Baptist Church in Deweyville with the Rev. Damon Bickham officiating. Burial will follow at King Cemetery in Hartburg. Serving as Pallbearers will be Jayson Villanueva, Kenny Bahnsen, Jody Bahnsen, Keith Miller, Craig Lisle and Jason Lisle. Honorary Pallbearers will be his grandsons. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday,

at the church. Born in Vidor on Feb. 10, 1950, Scott was the son of Garland David Cutler and Winnie Bell (Davis) Cutler. Scott graduated with a Master’s Degree in Education and School Administration. Over the years, Scott worked as a teacher and principal at Deweyville Middle School, Runge High School and Vinton High School. Scott enjoyed fishing and hunting and most of all spending time with his family. He was preceded in death by his father, Garland Cutler; and brother, Mark Cutler. Scott is survived by his wife of 44 years, Karen Cutler; mother, Winnie Cutler; son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Melanie Cutler of Deweyville; daughter and son-in-law, Laura and Bob Browning of Deweyville; and son and daughter-in-law, Corey and Emily Cutler of Lumberton. Scott is also survived by his grandchildren, Raylee Browning, Logan Cutler, Brent Cutler, Caden Browning and Dakota Newman; and sisters, Roxie Miller and Marta King. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Southeast Texas Hospice, P.O. Box 2385, Orange, TX 77631 Arrangements were held under the direction of Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.

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“Tuesdays with Morrie” offers life lessons through dying with ALS

Michael Muffuletto (left) and Michael Goldman portray a former student and college professor in “Tuesdays with Morrie” at Orange Community Players beginning Thursday. The story spotlights ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. A dollar from each ticket will be donated to ALS. RECORD PHOTO: Penny LeLeux

Penny LeLeux For The Record Orange Community Players, Inc. will be offering “Tuesdays with Morrie” beginning Thursday. The play spotlights Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), more commonly known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.” It is a neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. It is ultimately fatal over time. It is the true story of the relationship of a former college professor and student that develops 16 years later, over the course of Morrie’s disease with their visits each Tuesday. But it is much more than that. It is a lesson in life and living; and what is truly

important. Some people may not be comfortable with the subject matter, because most people have a problem dealing with impending death. Michael Goldman’s own family has trouble dealing with his role as Morrie. “The first time I did it, my daughter had to leave the theater,” said Goldman. His wife begged him not to take the role this time. “After doing it awhile, you start to take on the symptoms,” he said. His wife made him get a check-up after the last run. He laughed and said they ran every test there was. Goldman said he has actually been to the college where Morrie Schwartz taught, been to his classroom,

walked the halls and visited the cafeteria. “But I didn’t eat the chicken salad,” he said, referring to Morrie’s love of chicken salad referenced in the play. He has also watched all the Youtube videos of Schwartz’s interviews with Ted Koppel. Goldman’s co-star, Michael Muffuletto, plays Mitch Albom, the sports writer who was all-consumed with his career at the time he reunited with Morrie. The play was adapted from Albom’s book of the same name that recounts the pair’s weekly visits. The show is directed by Carolyn Woosley. She has been a playwright for about 20 years and has also produced shows, but she has

only been directing for about three years. “Directing is a totally different beast,” she said. “It’s exciting. It’s almost threatening. You try to enact a vision, an interpretation, with moving parts, with every form of art. You apply music, light, acting to your interpretation of someone else’s work.” Woosley said the journey is the thrill in directing. “Each night is different. The subtleties are different. I’m really enjoying it.” When you go to enjoy the show be sure to also pay attention to the message on what’s truly important in life. It might help you avoid the cosmic 2x4 some get slapped up the side of the head with when God decides you’re missing the point of it all. As a current TV campaign might say, “Don’t get slapped upside the head with the cosmic 2x4.” “Tuesdays with Morrie” begins at 7:37 p.m., Feb. 1315 and Feb. 20-22. There will be a matinee at 2:37 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23. General tickets are $15. Students are $10. A donation of $1 from each ticket sold will be made to the ALS Association Texas Chapter. For more information on ALS go to For tickets call 409-8829137 and leave a message with name, number of party and performance you would like to attend or they can be purchased online at The theater is located at 708 W. Division in Orange.

Bereavement From Page 8A exercise, socialization and companionship. People have a strong need for communication and companionship. Through support groups, church, friends and family we are able to recall, reclaim and rekindle our most cherished memories. Moreover, through these relationships and activities, we are able to begin our recovery. If you can find it within your heart, I would encourage you to take a moment to visit or call someone you know who is facing the challenges of life without the companionship of their loved one. Reflect for a moment the sadness you would feel in their situation. Be thankful for your cheer and share a moment of life with someone who has suffered the sorrows of death.

Valentine’s Day It’s a day for romantics to declare their true love To speak words of affection like a soft, cooing dove, It’s a day to send roses with a sweet fragrant scent To share chocolate-dipped berries with a lady or gent. It’s a day to eat candy from a box like a heart And promise each other that you never will part, It’s a day to renew vows spoken some time ago It’s a day for hugging your sweetheart or beau. It’s a day to show kindness to all that you meet Giving tokens of friendship as a special sweet treat, Make this day carry over and continue to say I’ll show you my love like it’s Valentine’s Day!


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Senator Robert Nichols: working hard as ever Debby Schamber For The Record Most people may think that because the Senate is not in session, Senator Robert Nichols is not hard at work, but now is actually when the most significant work is done. Since being first elected to the Texas Senate in 2006 he has remained busy with various projects. During his four sessions as a state senator, Nichols has authored and passed legislation to protect landowners’ rights, increase educational opportunities in East Texas and reform transportation policies. He has worked to reduce Medicaid fraud, and promote free-market principles. During his time with the Sunset Advisory Committee, he was able to help eliminate six state agencies which saved the tax payers $161.9 million. He has been named a ‘Champion for Children’ by the Equity Center, a ‘Courageous Conservative’ by the Texas Conservative Coalition, a ‘Friend of County

Government’ by the Texas Association of Counties and a ‘Champion of Free Enterprise’ by the Texas Association of Business. To prepare for the next legislative session, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst gives the various committies charges. They in turn investigate the information and schedule public hearings and the people who are going to testify during the hearings. “It’s important for the members to listen to those who are testifying,” Nichols said. It is during these times they can hear from the people who have actually dealt with the issues or are really living them, he said. ‘This can be a real learning experience, “Nichols said. The public is encouraged to attend the hearings.

“We want participation,” Nichols said. In the Texas Senate, Nichols serves as Chairman for both the Transportation Committee and the Committee on Transportation Funding. He expects the funding to be one of the big issues. There have been reports of trucks tearing up the roads as they work to transport their products. He is also the Vice Chairman of the Intergovernmental Relations Committee and sits on the Health and Human Services, Natural Resources and State Affairs Committees. Nichols is a former Vice Chairman of the Sunset Advisory Committee. But, it is not just the bills for the upcoming session they will prepare in the coming months. Nichols said they will also monitor things such as HB5, HB5 is designed to instill

more flexibility in public education by enabling students to either pursue a traditional path into colleges and universities or move directly into the workforce to help fill what business leaders say is a critical skills shortage. It would reduce the number of end-of-course exams from 15 to five and eliminate a controversial requirement that the test results constitute 15 percent of a student’s overall grade. As the new law is implemted they will make sure it is working as intended, he said. Over the next few months of hearings they will continue to gather the information needed to write the bill. By October, they will start putting their reports and bill together. In January they will file their bill. For more information, there is a Senate Commitee webpage for a listing of Senate hearings as well as archives of past events. The web address is: http:// senate/Commit.htm.


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I shut the big engine down and glanced at the screen on the GPS one more time on the way to the front deck of the boat. Not only was it too cold for anyone not getting paid to be on the water….it was much too foggy as well! Because scouting more promising areas ahead of time has been an exercise in futility due to daily winds that eliminate most of the lake, Lamar and I had spent the previous morning looking around Taylor’s Bayou. We were on the water for only a short period of time as the approaching front roared in a little ahead of schedule, but I had no intention of fishing there the following day anyway. No sooner had I wiped the wettest of the fog off of my face and hands than we heard the alarming hum of another outboard engine heading our way. Because it was getting ever closer much too quickly, I started my big engine to at least give us a fighting chance at dodging the oncoming vessel. Thankfully, they saw us at the last minute and veered to the port side.“Didn’t mean to get so close to y’all”, the driver offered as the wake off of his 24 ft. bay boat slammed against the side of ours. “Tell me something, Buddy…. is this Coffee Ground Cove?,” he barked from underneath his T-Top. My client didn’t have a clue where we were and I was not inclined to even acknowledge his question as I wasn’t feeling overly hospitable at the moment.“My friends at work said to just look for the boats in front of the goal posts and we could catch all the trout we wanted,” he confidently announced. “They’re already out here somewhere, but it’s hard to find them and all of those other boats in this fog.” Any possibility of his eliciting an answer of any value to his initial question was extinguished following his last statement. Few things are more frustrating for those winter trout fishermen that grind away for countless frigid and fishless hours than having other boats pile in rather than work at piecing together their own pattern. “You nailed it…. even in all of this fog,” I finally replied. “The goal posts are a little to the east of us over in that direction.”Without so much as a “thank you” he wheeled around and plowed off into the fog only to shut down again a short distance away. We did hear them catch a couple of fish so hopefully they weren’t too disappointed when the fog burned off an hour later and they discovered that we were the only two boats in Old River Cove! While a surprisingly consistent bite has had as much to do with the recent unprecedented fishing pressure in Coffee Ground Cove, the wind has proven to be a major factor as well. It has been very difficult most days for those that would readily seek out another bite to test other areas due to a prevailing east- northeast wind that only occasionally drops to less than 10 miles per hour. I am hoping that the silver lining is that at least 80 percent of the lake has had very little pressure at all thus far. Once more fishable real estate becomes available it will hopefully minimize the pressure on some of the more traditionally productive reefs and flats. I have fished several clients, however, that are convinced that it will only get more crowded on Sabine. They contend that reduced limits further south and warnings against eating fish caught in parts of the Galveston complex have pushed coastal anglers northward more so than the lure of catching trophy trout.They may well be correct in that assumption as a growing number of local guides now launch on the Louisiana side in order to keep more fish than those that still launch on the Texas side! The worst case scenario is that we may have to adapt and change techniques should the main lake get overly crowded, but I can assure you that there are thousands of acres of productive water in the Sabine and Neches, the Intracoastal, the bayous and the ship channel that have never seen the first lure. There is scarcely a week goes by that I don’t receive an email or call with a good report from a local spot that I have never fished and, in most cases, never will. The bottom line is that I am always far more concerned with any inconveniences thrown my way by Mother Nature than other anglers. Crowds or no crowds, right now I’d settle for a few 70 degree days with a five mile per hour southeast wind!



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Donkey Basketball game Feb. 25th. Advanced tickets are for sale for $6.00 with Michelle Huff @ the High School. The tickets will be $8.00 the night of the game. We will have concessions for sale, half-time entertainment, post-game Award Ceremony and a tournament style Donkey Basketball game!.

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The Lady Bear Soccer Team will hold a link sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 15 at Superior Tire on 16th Street in Orange. A link on a bun, chips, and a drink will be sold for $5.

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Two Bridge City seniors were awarded scholarships during the annual Glen Pearson Alumni Basketball Game recently. Lady Cardinal Trinity King and Cardinal Alex Bingham were each awarded the honors. Above is Lady Cardinal Head Basketball Coach Jennifer Willis, Trinity King, former BCISD superintendent Glen Pearson, Alex Bingham and Cardinal Head Basketball Coach Tony Knight. RECORD PHOTO: Mark Dunn

Junior golfer wins Houston Cypresswood tournament On Sunday, Feb. 9, Mauriceville Elementary fifth grader, Jack Burke won the Southern Texas Junior PGA Cypresswood Open in Houston. The win earned him an exemption in the 2014 Junior PGA Spring Championship at Sugar Creek in Sugarland, April 4-6. Jack is the son of Aaron and Sabrina Burke. Left: Jack Burke and dad Aaron following his win at the Cypresswood Open.

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Urban Bobcat Study Underway in Dallas-Fort Worth Area DALLAS – Researchers, wildlife managers and local government officials from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Utah State University, the U.S. Department of

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Trans-Pecos Pronghorn Restoration Efforts Continue AUSTIN — The continuation of the Trans-Pecos Pronghorn Restoration Project progressed with another successful relocation of almost 100 pronghorn recently. The animals were captured from healthy populations around Pampa and moved to an area southeast of Marfa to supplement severely depleted pronghorn populations. The relocation process was coordinated among the Borderlands Research Institute at Sul Ross State University (BRI), Trans-Pecos Pronghorn Working Group, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, and USDA-Wildlife Services. Quicksilver Air, Inc. conducted the capture. The objective of the TransPecos Pronghorn Restoration Project is to bolster pronghorn populations that have reached historic lows through translocations, habitat improvements, and predator management. At least 17,000 pronghorn once roamed the West Texas region; today there are less than 3,000. The Trans-Pecos Pronghorn Restoration Program is a five-year $1.4 million public-private partnership with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation. To date, $1 million has been secured. Last year, 125 pronghorn were captured from the Dalhart area and released on ranches near Marathon. Currently, TPWD estimates about 80 percent of the transplanted pronghorn remain and reproduction was also high with a fawn crop of over 70% in the Marathon area. The transplanted pronghorn and their offspring have significantly boosted the local population within the release area near Marathon, which had less than 50 animals prior to the translocation. “We hope this population will continue to grow and become another source for pronghorn in the next few years to help supplement other herds in the Trans-Pecos,” said Shawn Gray, TPWD Mule Deer and Pronghorn Program Leader. “The release areas in 2013

and 2014 had favorable range conditions. We also spent months working with landowners to prepare each release site, including fence modifications and predator management. Trans-Pecos field staff and BRI students, headed by local Wildlife Biologists Mike Janis and Mike Sullins were instrumental in this effort” Gray stated. For the 2014 transplant, Trey Barron, TPWD Wildlife Biologist stationed in Pampa spent endless hours coordinating with local landowners to obtain trapping permission and working on trap-site logistics. “Without Trey’s dedication and local landowner support, this project would not have happened” said Gray. At the capture site, workers took each animal’s temperature to monitor stress, along with blood and fecal samples for disease surveillance. The pronghorn also received a mild sedative to minimize stress related to capture and transport. Ear tags were attached for identification. Sixty six of the captured pronghorn were fitted with radio collars, including 53 GPS collars programmed to collect GPS locations every hour. One year post-release, the GPS collars will automatically drop from the animals and be retrieved by researchers to download and analyze the GPS data. After processing, the pronghorn were transported by trailer to the release site southeast of Marfa. “The capture could not have gone any smoother,” said Dr. Louis Harveson, BRI director and Sul Ross professor of Natural Resource Management. “The pronghorn were in excellent shape and traveled really well.” During the next year, the BRI and TPWD will closely monitor the translocated pronghorn to determine survival, reproductive productivity, fawn survival, habitat utilization, and movements. This research will help define the best management practices essential in growing pronghorn populations in the Trans-Pecos region.

STONEWALL — Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site presents a day of family fun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, featuring adventure and handson experiences for all ages. Representatives from a dozen central Texas state parks and state natural areas will be on hand to showcase the area’s rich natural and cultural resources. Try your hand at archery, geocaching or the atlatl (spear throwing). See how humans compare to a bat or catch a fish out of the Pedernales River. Hike with a ranger, discover the Texas Hill Country’s ranching heritage, learn about the world beneath your feet and try to guess the wildlife you may encounter in Texas State Parks. Visit the Game Warden’s Operation Game Thief trailer and learn how TPWD park rangers, game wardens and wildlife staff care for the state’s parks and natural areas, flora and fauna and learn how you can become stewards as well. In addition to staff from LBJ State Park and Historic Site, rangers and staff from the following TPWD sites also will be participating in the outdoor showcase: Bastrop State Park, Buescher State Park, Blanco State Park, Colorado Bend

State Park, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, Government Canyon State Natural Area, Guadalupe River State Park, Hill Country State Natural Area, Inks Lake State Park, Old Tunnel State Park, Pedernales Falls State Park and South Llano River State Park. “We hope our visitors will enjoy the day with friends and family while learning about opportunities for fun in Texas State Parks,” says Iris Neffendorf, superintendent of LBJ State Park and Historic Site. “Don’t forget to wear comfortable walking shoes, bring your camera and perhaps pack a picnic lunch to create lasting family memories in the outdoors.” Complete your day with a visit to the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm to see how different rural life was in the early 1900s. Come see why TPWD says “Life’s Better Outside.” All activities and park entrance are free. Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site is located at 199 Park Road 52 in Stonewall. The park is just one mile east of Stonewall, or 14 miles west of Johnson City, off U.S. 290. For information, please call (830)644-2252 or visit: http://

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area. The purpose of the study is to better understand how bobcats live with humans in highly urbanized landscapes. “Bobcats have learned to thrive in urban areas and will always be a part of our urban wildlife community,” said Derek Broman, TPWD urban wildlife biologist in Dallas. “The goal of this research effort is to answer important questions about urban wildlife to help DFW area cities and counties improve communication to their residents about how wildlife and people can co-exist.” Bobcats are the most common wildcat in North America. Not to be confused with the much larger mountain lion, bobcats typically weigh between 11 and 30 pounds and have a short tail, long legs, and large feet. Though reclusive and mostly active at night, bobcats frequently leave cover to hunt before sundown and can be seen in a variety of habitats throughout Texas. In recent years, bobcat sightings have increased within the Metroplex. The study area includes approximately 49,000 acres bordered by SH 183 to the north, SH161 to the east, SH180 to the south and Interstate 820 to the west. The area includes

parts of Fort Worth, Hurst, and Arlington. Ten to 15 bobcats will be captured and fitted with global positioning system (GPS) collars so researchers can follow their movements and activities for one year. Four bobcats – an adult female, an adult male, an adolescent male and an adolescent female — have been fitted with GPS collars so far. The female has since been seen with two kittens that are approximately seven months old. Before being released, each bobcat is photographed and tagged to provide a catalog of images for future identification. Blood, hair, scat, and parasite samples are collected from the animals for analysis on genetics, diet, and pathogens. In addition to learning more about the life of bobcats in

urban areas, researchers will also work with Texas Master Naturalist chapters to investigate the role that citizen science groups can play in complementing, supplementing or replacing field-based scientific investigations. Master Naturalists members will be trained in the identification and documentation of bobcat sign. Location data on bobcat sightings from Master Naturalists and other public resources, such as and the DFW Wildlife Hotline, will be compared to the GPS collar data to identify correlations and determine whether public participation through citizen science programs can provide a longterm, cost-effective method for urban bobcat monitoring in the Metroplex.

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F. L. McClain Football Stadium in Orangefield It’s been a long time since ‘Mac ‘ McClain was commonly seen on the Orangefield ISD campus with his bright, blue eyes and dark, slicked back hair. Many Orangefield residents remember McClain well, while newer residents may wonder why his name appears on the stadium score board. Forrest Lee McClain devoted the major part of his life to Orangefield ISD and was very influential in developing the school district into the thriving educational system it is today. McClain was not the kind of Superintendent tucked away in a deep inner office. He was always available, with a handshake and a smile, for a chat with co-workers, teachers, parents and students. Some recall his talent for swinging a paddle. He was very instrumental in the growth of OFISD, always going above and beyond the call of duty. If the plumbing broke somewhere late at night, he went out and fixed it. If a school bus broke down, he was on hand with Ray Granger to repair it. He helped build the football stadium, along with other school board members and staff. While the new High School was being built, he would go out every night from 11 p.m. until 1 or 2 a.m. with his gun on his hip, making sure the grounds were safe. Once he had to confront the motorcycle group known as Hell’s Angels, when they decided to camp out on the Orangefield Elementary campus. He thoughtfully decided not to demand they leave immedi-

ately and told them they could spend the night if they would leave early the next morning, which they did. McClain was highly respected by the community and treated folks fairly. People who worked at Orangefield and those who knew him still compliment him highly, often saying he was the best Superintendent they ever had. He was offered a big raise several years before he retired but turned it down so the school budget would not be affected. He also turned down an offer to have the Junior High named after him. He was modest and a man of few words. When he did speak his words were well chosen and everyone listened. He was a great listener and often his best advice after listening to someone sharing their troubles would be, “Only you can change that.” McClain’s first teaching job was in Port Arthur; 7th McLewis, while he also taught math, coached athletics and drove a school bus. His wife, Mary Jo taught 3rd and 4th grade. They lived in a small house on campus. In 1957, with their third child on the way, they moved to Orangefield and McClain took the position of HS Principal and Business Manager. In 1963, McClain became long time Superintendent until he retired in 1988. Incredibly, he never missed one day of work. He rarely missed a sports event and went ten years without missing a single football game. He loved strong, bright colors and for several years before he retired he could easily be spotted at games wearing a bright, orange jacket given to him by Orangefield staff.

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He was born in 1925 on Lincoln’s birthday, Feb. 12, in Sulphur Springs. Happy Birthday, Mac. One of Lincoln’s most famous quotes is “You are only as happy as you make up your mind to be.” If you were feeling blue, McClain had a similar line for you, “Scratch your ass and get happy.” His father, MacFarland McClain, was a small town politician and County School Superintendent. His mother, Gertrude, was a teacher. He had two younger brothers, Robert and Charles. All three boys were given names of Civil War Generals. He graduated from Sulphur Springs HS in 1942, and then began college at East Texas State Univ. Drafted into the U. S. Navy, McClain served in the highly stressful position of Airforce Traffic Controller on the naval ships during WWII. While serving he saved the life of a top ranking General flying into Anchorage, Alaska. McClain directed the General’s airplane to gain altitude moments before it would have collided with another plane coming in unnoticed.

McClain returned to college and received his Master’s Degree in Math and Science. He was a man who knew what he wanted when he saw it. He met Mary Jo Wiler while they were both attending college. But before they ever met, he saw her walking along the opposite side of the street and said to a friend of his, “I’m going to marry that red-headed woman.” Married on March 5, 1948, he worked in a grocery store and as a gardener to support them until they both graduated. He loved her dearly and they were married 48 years before he passed away on Father’s Day in the summer of 1994. McClain drove an old truck because he didn’t like to spend money. He collected guns, knives and books. Early Wednesday and Thursday mornings, before school he would go to garage sales. He loved to fix and refinish old furniture. He was a night owl and rarely in bed before midnight but always up by 6 a.m. He was an avid reader of science fiction and westerns, usually finishing off one paperback book a night. One of his favorite authors was Zane Grey. He loved watching Star Trek, Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune and Johnny Carson. His favorite football team, besides the Bobcats, was Dallas. He was a wonderful joke teller and would have you on the edge of your seat waiting for the punch line. He was not a drinker, but smoking was a big part of his life and unfortunately, his death. He quit smoking a few years before he died. He was a man of strong willpower and discipline. When asked how he quit

OC Claybuster 4-H’s Bilbo participated in Rodeo Jr. Shoot Out Bradley Bilbo, an Orangefield High School student and member of the Orange County 4-H Shooting Sports program participated in the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo Jr. Shoot Out this past Friday at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio. Braving 28 degree temps, sleet, frozen rain and spitting snow, he pulled out an of 88 out of 100 score in the Trap shoot. The top winner went on in the shoot out breaking 175 targets in a row, but Bradley did his best and made a showing for Orange County. Bradley will also be competing for the National Level Shoot in San Antonio. As a reminder to all of Orange County youth, this is not an exclusive club, they cater to the youth from the casual shooter to the competition level competitors. If you are interested in securing and ensuring the future of the shooting sports, have a child between the ages of 9 to 18 years old, or enjoy some good ole fashion family fun give them a try. Contact John Bilbo at 409-779-1115 or jcbilbo@outlook. com smoking, cold turkey, after three packs a day for 40 years he would say, “You don’t quit wanting one, you just quit.” It was one of the hardest things he ever did. He liked to hunt but rarely found the time. He was a workaholic but now and then enjoyed having friends over to play dominos, in a small kitchen filled with smoke and laughter. He was a Mason and attended church at First Baptist in Orangefield where he

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KAZ’S KORNER JOE KAZMAR For The Record Now that football has finally ended so happily for Orange Area fans with the Seattle Seahawks’ impressive 43-8 bludgeoning of the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII a week ago, the question arises what the 2014 National Football League has in store for our three native sons that are eager for the next season to get started. We are referring to Earl Thomas III, the three-time All-Pro free safety for the world champion Seattle Seahawks, veteran place-kicker Matt Bryant of the Atlanta Falcons and long-time NFL coach Wade Phillips, who was let go last month as the defensive coordinator when the Houston Texans made a head coaching change. All three have been very proficient in what they specialize in and they’re eager to continue their prosperous careers in the coming year.

taught Sunday school for many years and Mary Jo played the organ. He had a deep voice and liked to sing bass. He loved country western music, Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline and Janice Joplin. His favorite song was “Last Date.” He was often heard whistling as he strolled along the school sidewalks. “The F. L. McClain Football Stadium” was named after a man that devoted his life to OFISD and truly loved the little town of Orangefield, Texas.


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on entered the next season as the prohibitive favorite to repeat, but that prognostication will change with next year’s Seattle Seahawks, according to last week’s issue of USA Today Sports Weekly. “With key players under contract for next season, a competitive division, a sense they’re not properly respected by history and the 12th-man fan element in the Pacific Northwest, expect Seattle to be a contender again,” the article said.

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year, but can be a free agent after the 2014 season and could get a huge contract. “Thomas is due $4.6 million in the last year of his deal. An extension with a new salary structure and signing bonus might help lower his cap number,” the article speculated. The future certainly looks bright for the former West Orange-Stark Mustang. Bryant is in an entirely different situation with the Atlanta Falcons, mainly because he will turn 39 years old before training camp begins this summer. Matt just completed his 12th season kicking in the NFL at a salary of $2.4 million and will get an increase in 2014, the final year of the four-year contract he signed with Atlanta right after the lockout ended in 2011. He’s hoping the Falcons extend his current contract, but hasn’t talked to the management about an extension yet. He had a good year kicking despite the fact the Falcons were a miserable 4-12 due mainly to early-season injuries to key players. Bryant converted 88.9 per cent of his field goals (24-of-27) and didn’t miss a point-after touchdown (39-for-39) for a total of 111 points, with the league average for its kickers at 113.2 points for the season.

He said in a telephone interview Monday morning that he intends to kick as long as he and his leg continue to stay healthy and he can play and compete. Matt revealed that he had a double-sports hernia repaired around this time last year. “I tore it half-way through the 2012 season and played the rest of the season and the playoffs hurting somewhat, but not knowing that it was a sports hernia until after the season,” Bryant revealed. “Nobody knew I had it repaired, and it never bothered me at all during training camp or the 2013 season.” When asked if he was playing any golf during the off-season Matt said he hasn’t had much time for golf. “Between this unusual winter weather we’re having here in Atlanta and looking after our seven kids, it doesn’t leave me much time for anything else,” Matt replied. “I’m coaching our seven year old’s baseball team which also keeps me quite busy in the spring,” he added. “I also have a gym in the house which helps me stay in shape during the off-season.” Wade Phillips doesn’t think he’ll be on an NFL staff in 2014 after he was passed over by seven new NFL head coaches in the last couple of months. But he certainly is not thinking

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about retirement, even if he is 66, according to an article appearing in the Houston Chronicle last week. “I enjoy coaching too much,” the newspaper article quoted him as saying. “I’m hoping somebody will have a bad defense next season, and I’m sure there will be coaches that get fired. I still think I can help someone. Every place I’ve gone, they’ve won, at least in the first year.” Romeo Crennel, who replaced Phillips as the defensive coordinator when Bill O’Brien was named the new head coach of the Houston Texans last month, was in the same situation last year that Phillips is in now. Crennel was fired as the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs after the 2012 season and spent 2013 without a job. This could be a good omen for Phillips plus the fact Crennel also is 66 years old. Phillips was happy about Seattle’s 43-8 rout of Denver in Super Bowl XLVIII because of Seahawks’ head coach Pete Carroll’s age—62— and the fact they won this season because of their NFL-best defense. “It’s not about age. It’s about how good you are as a coach,” Phillips told the Houston Chronicle. “And it was nice to see a team that featured defense be up there. There haven’t been too many of those in recent years.” KWICKIES…Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart was anything but smart when he decided to shove a Texas Tech fan Saturday night in the closing seconds of a Big 12 basketball game in Lubbock that his team lost. The Big 12 reacted quickly by suspending the All-America guard on Sunday for the next three games against Texas, Oklahoma and Baylor. The fan Smart shoved didn’t call Smart a racial slur but did apologize for calling him a “piece of crap.” It’s hard to believe that spring training has begun for a couple of major league baseball team’s pitchers and catchers, while most of the other teams—including the Houston Astros— will have pitchers and catchers in camp this weekend. The big news to hit the sports world Monday was that Missouri’s senior All-American defensive end Michael Sam declared he is gay. He said he wanted to go public with it before the NFL draft in May and will become the first publicly gay player in the NFL after he gets

drafted. Don’t be surprised if he gets drafted in a later round than he would have if he didn’t reveal his secret. I don’t normally take time to watch figure skating—even if it’s in the Olympics—but I was totally fascinated by the graceful performance of Russia’s 15-year old Gold Medal winner Yulia Lipnitskaya Sunday. Even Russian President Vladimir Putin managed to get off his duff and applaud while watching the 5-2 cutie. The Orange County Aggie Moms held a Dad’s Night Gumbo Tailgate Party with honored guest Texas A&M’s winningest football coach and Orange native R.C. Slocum last night at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center in Bridge City. In the half century or so that I’ve been covering high school sports, the biggest task has always been trying to convince people how beneficial the University Interscholastic League’s ruling are for high school sports. Another headscratcher is last week’s Realignment which puts just about every high school football player in the state playoffs and really weakens the significance of winning a district title. I can’t see any reason--besides making the UIL more money-for the latest move. JUST BETWEEN US…Quite a few Orange area fans won friendly bets against those who were convinced the Denver offense would be too much for the Seattle defense. But our daughter Denise Bybee, who lives in Houston, had been procrastinating about getting some new furniture for more than a year. I mentioned an ad I saw in the Houston newspaper that said if a customer purchased at least $6,000 in merchandise from Gallery Furniture and that the Denver Broncos didn’t win Super Bowl XLVIII, the furniture was free as long as it was delivered before midnight Saturday before the game. She bought $6,300 of what she needed, was prepared to pay $103 per month for 60 months interest-free and was a huge Seattle Seahawks fan ever since her mother taught Earl Thomas at West Orange-Stark High School and believed my prediction that Seattle would win. She was elated as the Seahawks were blowing out Denver and is really enjoying her FREE furniture. But there is a downside to this saga—Uncle Sam already has his hand out for his piece of the action.


tions. The new tackle rage that it seems everyone has jumped on is saltwater spinnerbaits; they seem to be the new trend for redfish anglers because they flat out catch fish. Another couple of freshwater techniques that are starting to get some play as well are Carolina rigs and drop shots. Both of these proven methods have been catching fish on freshwater reservoirs for years and now they have made their way to the salt where they have proven just as effective. Now tackle is not the only technique or example of bringing new ideas to old places, there are also different ways of fishing to achieve the same goal. One that comes to mind is dropping anchor on drifts instead of dropping buoy markers. In years past we would make long drifts down Sabine Lake, catch some fish, and repeat the drift only to catch fish in basically the same area. It was fishing on an escalator; you just went round and round until the fish quit biting. One day while fishing on Calcasieu I got schooled on a better way to go about this process from a local fisherman. We were both fishing the same area only we were going about it differently. The local guy was sitting on anchor while I continued to make drift after drift on the same line. After about 3 passes I hear the local guy say to his buddy in the boat “that guy has a beautiful boat, it’s a shame he couldn’t afford an anchor”. After that encounter I decided to try fishing like the locals and it has paid big dividends. If you watch these guys they keep the anchor real handy, one or two bites in the same area and they ease the anchor overboard

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Like a scene from a bad surf movie the whole “locals only” mystique plays out at the boat ramp every time a new angler from another bay system shows up to sample some new water. “What’s he going to do with little boat” or “what’s that diving board doing over the motor” are all questions and smart aleck remarks that come from the close minded. Some of the coolest innovations in techniques and approaches often come from folks who are not “locals”, these anglers bring new ideas and methods with them from their own body of water and they often work really well if given a chance. Perhaps the most highly publicized method of fishing that is a perfect example of this is wading, yes wade fishing is a relatively new concept for those of us still in the pre-historic times along the upper coast. Real deal waders showed up in Sabine probably 20 years ago when the Troutmasters ruled the world, you remember those glory days don’t you? I like many others scoffed at the idea until I saw the results, I couldn’t buy a pair of waders fast enough. Soon it became all the rage and is now fairly common in these parts. Across the Sabine River over on Calcasieu the wading phenomenon is still very new, slowly but surely it is becoming more accepted but like all things it takes some time. Now there are other examples of bringing new techniques to other places, take for instance freshwater tackle to saltwater applica-

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The Person Who Was Missing From The Nye/Ham Creation Debate Rev. Evan Dolive For The Record The internet has been a buzz after the “Creation Debate” between Bill Nye the Science Guy and Ken Ham, the CEO of Answers in Genesis. The debate focused on the question “is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern scientific era?” Ham is the founder of the Creation Museum in Northern Kentucky which postulates the world was created how it is described in the book of Genesis and believes that the world is only 6000 or so years old (this model is known as Young Earth Creationist.) Nye showed another side stating that science and evolution were the models of creation that should be accepted. Both people gave their reasoned arguments in a bevy of pictures, graphs and charts. They had their particular point of view and they were showing the world how they understood the world to work. Ham is a Christian literalist and Nye is a Scientist. Both are coming from completely different angles while looking at the same thing. On one hand you have Ham trying to make the model of Creation found in the Bible fit the world around him and on the other you have Nye who uses the empirical method to be certain about his beliefs. Both of these men were using their view to be the one that should be seen as true and authoritative. Here in lies the problem. Alexander Campbell, one of the founders of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) articulated the notion of per-

ception when he wrote: “Just as if A, B and C should each put on different colored glasses; A puts on green spectacles, B yellow, and C blue; each one of them looks through his own glasses at a piece of white paper and concludes he is right, not remembering that he has his spectacles on. Thus to A it appears green, to B yellow and to C blue. They begin to argue on the subject, and it is impossible for any of them to convince another that he is wrong- each one feels a conviction next to absolute certainty that his opinion is right. But D, who has no spectacles on, and who is standing looking on during the contest very well knows that they are all wrong; he sees the spectacles on each man’s face and accounts for the difference.”[1] Throughout the debate I could not help but to think that one person was missing: the person who doesn’t see religion and science as mutually exclusive. Where was the person of faith who is OK with a bit of mystery in the world and OK with the notion that the world might not have been created in seven 24 hour days? The problem with this type of debate is the same problem that people have with the political pundits in Washington: they are too polarizing. Both sides think they have it figured out. This is being played out in our society; a Gallup poll stated that 42% of voters claim to be Independent, while 31% affiliate with Democrats and 25% with the Republicans. People more and more do not like to be “nailed down” in one camp

or another. Some of the biggest complaints I hear from people not in the church or those who recently left is that some churches have “it all figured out” and leave no room for questioning or growing or new ways of looking at something. Learning, growing, shaping and forming our own ideals is something that we instill in children when we teach them critical thinking. Why do people in some churches feel they have to become robots of their church or pastor and just spit out what they have been told to believe? The creation debate more than likely didn’t change anyone’s mind about how the world came to be. If anything those on either side felt their guy “won” and their view was shown in the best light. Then there are those who struggle with faith and how the world works in harmony together.

The pope’s favorite American prelate, Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, opined this week on the character of the church’s biggest celebrity. According to O’Malley, Pope Francis isn’t about to launch a revolution in the church, he’s just changing the tone. O’Malley said the shift in emphasis is necessary because the church has been in the past “too strident, maybe too repetitious.” The interview’s main pitch is of a “softer” church. This is a very politic thing for a prince of the church to say, but of course, it is totally wrong. If the church’s tone under Pope Francis has changed at all, it has actually become harder, more lashing, and even

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They were left out. The way I see it is that both Ham and Nye missed the mark. Ham is using the Bible as a science book-- the Bible is a book of faith and people’s experience with the Divine. Nye did not leave any room for mystery and faith; it was charts, graphs, facts and figures. There has to be a balance made. Faith and Science do not have to be at odds with each other. The debate was too focused on facts and not on mystery. Where was the presenter who said “I’m not sure how this all happened, but I have faith?” In Christ, Rev. Evan

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snarky. The story of the last two papacies to which most of the media is slavishly dedicated goes like this: Pope Benedict was a meanie who, in the memorable phrasing of Rolling Stone, “looked like he should be wearing a striped shirt with knife-fingered gloves and menacing teenagers in their nightmares.” By contrast, Pope Francis is your super-chill, vaguely commie friend, who plays with animals and responds to sin with a cool shrug. The truth is somewhat different. Pope Benedict was a warm and often misunderstood scholar. His views of economics may be even further to the left than his successor’s. His encyclicals and his books are gentle and reflective. His letter to the atheist author Piergiorgio Odifreddi typifies the tone. Even when much of what he offers is criticism, it comes with a light and inviting touch. The unnoticed part of the “new tone” in the church is that Francis is practically an insult comic. Where Benedict sought to condemn errors in the abstract, Pope Francis makes it personal and attacks tendencies within certain groups of people, usually in highly stylized papal idioms. He has condemned “airport bishops.” Christians who complain too much, he called “Mr. and Mrs. Whiner.” Can we even imagine how much crap Pope Benedict would have taken from the media if he told nuns not to become “old maids?” Francis said just that, though. Sometimes it is not exactly clear whom the pope intends to lampoon. The pope has dumped rhetorical acid on “Christians of words,” who “are rigid! This type think that being Christian means being in perpetual mourning.” At other times Francis is much too clear, like when he said journalists run the risk of “becoming ill from coprophilia and thus fomenting coprophagia” — that is, journalists turned on by shit might get sick from eating it.

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Harvest Chapel 1305 Irving Street, West Orange, Texas 77630 (409) 882-0862 Pastor: Ruth Logan Burch Services: Sunday Morning 10:00 am Morning Service 11:00 am Nightly Service 6:00 pm Wednesday Service 6:00 pm

New Life Assembly of God

7375 FM 105 Orange, Tx Pastor Keith Pennington Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m., Wed Worship 7 p.m. Contact Linda Ward 735-2709

Living Word Church Hw 87 & FM 1006, Orange 409-735-6659 Samuel G.K. - Pastor Joseph Samuel - Asst. Pastor Sun. Service - 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wed. Service - 7 p.m. Come As You Are!

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Your ads published in both newspapers, the County Record and the Penny Record plus on our web site ApArtments mOVe In WItH DepOsIt OnLY and pay ZERO rent on one and two bedroom apartments until March at Southern Oaks Apartments and The Village Apartments in Bridge City. We are now leasing one bedroom apartments. We pay water / sewer and trash on most apartments. The 2 bedroom apartments come with washer/ dryer connections and covered parking. Each property is a family friendly community and is located within an excellent school district. We are located just minutes from all Refineries and Colleges in a safe and quiet area. We accept pay by phone options for your convenience and have 24 hour on-site maintenance. Chamber of Commerce approved with an A+ rating with the BBB. Stop by 245 Tenny Street from 9am till 5pm, Monday thru Friday, or give us a call at (409) 7357696. (2/12) mOVe In speCIAL! Clean 1 and 2 bedroom apts.,Chateau Royal Apartments, 208 10 th. St., Orange, (409) 886-4176. (2/26) rOOms FOr rent “GOLDen GIrLs” – A tAke OFF OF reAL LIFe. Many older ladies are now home sharing expenses. Searching for two ladies, non-smokers, to share home. Furnished bedrooms with king size bed, laundry room inside home and kitchen. $300 with all utilities paid. Upscale Neighborhood. Come share my home with me. Phone 409-6709272. (tfn) COmmerCIAL nICe OFFICe spACe, On bLAnD st., bC, former

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FOr rent On rOunDbunCH rD, bC, various sizes and prices, frontage available. Rear spaces cheaper and perfect for shops, storage, warehouses, etc. (409) 735-2030. (M&r) HOme rentALs 2 & 3 beDrOOms In CLAIrmOnt area, remodeled and HUD approved. Text 409.886.5055. Call after 3:30 p.m. 4/2 In brIDGe CItY. $800 mo. Refrences required 474-9127 (KG tfn) m.H. rentALs 3/1, washer & dryer – stove and refig. Furnished, $500 monthly + $450 dep., No pets, 94090 720-7477. (2/19) 3/1 & 3/2 In OFIsD, 1 bLOCk FrOm sCHOOLs, Large Lot, W./D Hookups, No Pets, $550 And $400 Monthly + Dep., (409) 7208699. (3/5/14) bC AreA, as little as $30 daily for rooms, m.H.’S by day or week, starting at $30 a day or weekly, 735-8801 or 734-7771. (Cctfn) HOme sALes 3/2/2, 2404 pOst OAk LAne, LCMiSD, Nice brick orange home on corner lot garden room overlooking back yard, family room (17’x19’), 2 walk-ins in master bdrm. , Shower and jetted tub in master bath, open concept kitchen and breakfast room, fireplace, new tile and new carpeted floors, fenced back yard, (reduced to $190,000) for more info call

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• Penny Record Office: 333 West Roundbunch, Bridge City • County Record Office: 320 Henrietta, Orange Note: Offices Closed On Wednesday all offers; dining table w/ 4 chairs, $300; head board, paid $1,000 will take $250; small but tall glass top, 3 drawers at bottom, $100; large wood entertainment center, $350; roll up wood desk, $75; angel to go on mail box, $35; Dyson vacuum w/ instructions and extended warranty, $100; rocking chair, grandma type, very old, $10; computer char, brown, comfortable, $10; coffee table w/ white and gold trim, $35; dolls for sale, make offer. Antique dish set, make offer. NOTE i would like to buy a pillow top mattress! Call for an appointment to see @ (409) 6709272. (Edee, tfn)

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NoTicE To cREDiToRs Notice is hereby given that original Letters of Testamentary for the Estate of cARolyN iVy KiNG, Deceased, were issued on January 30, 2014, in Cause No. P-16629, pending in the County Court at Law of Orange County, Texas, to: sUsAN RyHERD. All persons having claims against this Estate which is currently being administered are required to present them to the undersigned within the time and in the manner prescribed by law.

c/o sUsAN RyHERD 5405 Timberline lane beaumont, Texas 77706 DATED the 30th day of Junuary, 2014.

AL-AnOn meets Wednesday & Sunday at 7 pm. 1512 Strickland Dr., Orange, call (409) 779-4289 or Cindy @ 994-5503 for details. GOLDen trIAnGLe tOuGHLOVe is a self help parents support group for parents of children displaying unacceptable behavior. Meets every Tues. At 7 pm. At immaculate conception education building, 4100 lincoln (corner of lincoln & washington) in groves. For more information call 9620480.

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Notice is hereby given that original Letters of administration for the Estate of Enlarged DONALD R. for proofing. To be published in is hereby given Notice PEVETO, Deceased, were Actual that original Letters of issued on the 7th size: day of 1 col. x 4.5" Notice is The hereby given Newspapers Record Testamentary for the Estate FEBRUARY, 2014, in that original Letters for proofing. 04/11/2012 of sylvia Enlarged Thompson, Notice is hereby given Cause No. P16755, To bependpublished in Testamentary for the Estate size: Deceased, Actual were issued on 1 col. that original Letters ingx in4.5" the The County Court atNewspapers of DARBY R. BYRD, SR., Record February 7, 2014, in Cause Enlarged for proofing. Testamentary for the Law of Orange County, Deceased, were issued on fAx PlEAsE 09/18/13 No. ANy P-16748, To pending in Texas, Estate of Actual John Edward size: 1 col. x 4.5" February 4, 2014, in Cause be published in Probate Division to: the County Court at Law of DEBORAH J. MILLER Coratti, Deceased, No. P16754,coRREcTioNs pending in byThe Record Newspapers Orange County, Texas, to: and MICHAEL JOHNSON. were issued on January the County Court at Law of PlEAsE fAx ANy be published in 02/17/10 5 P.M. deborah derrick. 30, 2014, in To Cause No. Orange County, Texas, to: TodAy The Record Newspapers coRREcTioNs by The residence of P16741, pending in the DORIS O. before BYRD. publication date J. MILLER, All persons hav-FAXDEBORAH County Court at Law of 02/08/12 5 P.M. TodAy PLEASE ANY Co-executor is PO Box Orange County, Texas, to: ing claims against this toclaims 735-7346 All persons having 426,BY Mauriceville TX to 735-7346 CORRECTIONS Joyce coratti.. Estate which is currently against this Estate which is Thanks. PlEAsE fAx ANybeing administered 77626, 1345 Texla Road, currently being administered are Thanks, 5 P.M. MONDAY All persons having Vidor TX 77662 coRREcTioNs by to present are required ~ them Pennyrequired ~ to present them claims against this Estate The residence of Nicole such to 735-7346 to the undersigned within the which is currently being to the undersigned within MICHAEL JOHNSON, 5 P.M. MoNDAy time and in the manner preadministered are required the time and in theThanks, manCo-Executor is 8902 Vireo to present themto to 735-7346 the scribed by law. fAxner prescribed by law. St., Orange, TX 77630 fAx Debbie undersigned withinThanks, the c/o THE LAW OFFICE# 735-7346 735-7346 time and in the manner All persons # having c/o deborah derrick NicoleOF TOMMY GUNN prescribed by law. stephen c. Howard FAX claims against this estate Attorney at Law which is currently being Attorney at law c/o Joyce coratti 202 S. Border Street administered are required 903 W. Green, # 735-7346 628 camellia Avenue fAx Orange, Texas 77630 to present them within the orange, Texas 77630 orange, Texas 77630 time and manner pre# 735-7346 scribed by law. dATEd: the 30th day of DATED the 4TH day of dATEd the 7th day of January, 2014 February, 2014 February, 2014 DATED February 7, 2014

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Greg Dumas Attorney for Joyce Coratti State Bar No.: 06201080 1601 Main Orange, Texas 77630 Telephone: (409) 886-5239 Facsimile: (409) 882-0418

State Bar No.: 08623700 Attorney for DORIS O. BYRD 202 S. Border Street Orange, Texas 77630 Telephone: (409) 882-9990 Facsimile: (409) 882-0613 E-mail:

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Old Man Winter Blasts into Southeast Texas; Brings Higher Energy Bills Energy Efficiency Tips, Bill Management Programs Cited to Help Customers Cold, rain and occasional ice and sleet seems to be on the weather agenda for Southeast Texas this year. As a result, Southeast Texas residents are cranking up the heat and seeing the impact in the form of higher energy bills. With a few more weeks of winter to go, Entergy Texas, Inc. is working to keep customers informed and show them ways they can save money the rest of this winter. “Customers are turning up heaters to keep out the chill of old man winter,” said Vernon Pierce, vice president, customer service. “What our customers are seeing now is the impact of having to use more energy to stay warm during some long periods of really cold weather. The average bill for Jan. and Feb. this year will be $113.35. Last year’s lower bill of about $85 per average residential bill was a result of warmer temperatures as well as a fuel refund and production cost credit. Average temperatures in both Dec. and Jan. were as much as 6 degrees colder than the same time frame last year in portions of Entergy Texas’ service territory, according to the National Weather Service. “Southeast Texas had two back-to-back icing events just in Jan.,” Pierce said. “That was on top of colder weather in Dec. Extreme temperatures, whether in summer

or winter, result in higher bills because of the energy it takes to keep our homes and businesses either cool or warm.” With higher bills in the mail, Pierce reminds customers that Entergy has resources available to help both in making their homes more energy efficient and in managing their bills. Customers can go to and find links to any number of programs where help can be found. Those include: Entergy Solutions programs which help qualifying customers get their homes made more energy efficient at either no cost or low cost. myAccount which includes budget billing, Pick-a-Date and other bill management services. myResources, a website with do-it-yourself tips and home use calculators that show where your energy dollars are going. “One of the most important programs we officer is The Power to Care,” Pierce said. “Power to Care is a trust fund that’s operated for decades in Southeast Texas and is designed for one very important purpose—it helps pay energy bills up to twice a year for the elderly or disabled. We partner with some 15 agencies across our service territory who accept applications and help Power to Care distribute funds to those most in need.” Power to Care combines Entergy Texas customer and

employee contributions with corporate dollars to ensure funds to assist those in need. Those with questions about their bills or who need more information are encouraged to make use of Entergy’s on line resources or to call 1-800-ENTERYG (1-800368-3749). Entergy Texas, Inc. delivers electricity to more than 420,000 customers in 27 counties. It is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation. Entergy is an integrated energy

THEME: THE OSCARS ACROSS 1. *”Nebraska” leading man 6. *Phelomena’s quest 9. Immanuel ____ of “Critique of Pure

Reason” 13. B on Mendeleev’s table 14. WSW opposite 15. “None the _____” 16. Lawyers’ loads 17. Hula welcome

18. Right-hand page 19. Kind of tire 21. *Bullock’s force of attraction 23. Canny 24. *Enterprise of “Star Trek Into Darkness”

company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including more than 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one of the nation’s leading nuclear generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Ark., La., Miss. and Texas.

25. 20s dispenser 28. Apiece 30. Part of India 35. “Wanted!” state 37. LeBron’s goal 39. Deen or Abdul 40. Against 41. Slow sipper’s equipment 43. Smiley face 44. Heat-conducting solid 46. ____-a-Sketch 47. Makes a great puppet 48. *______ Adler’s students won many Oscars 50. Folio page 52. Between do and mi, pl. 53. *Oscar of sports world? 55. “Before” prefix 57. Punk hairdo, pl. 61. Chemical cousin 64. Accord 65. Credit card acr. 67. Some sorority girls 69. Popular synthetic fabric 70. *2013 “wolf” portrayer 71. Bert’s sidekick 72. ____sack 73. Adult male 74. African antelope DOWN 1. British broadcaster 2. Women’s lib cry? 3. Celestial bear 4. Campus girls 5. Store as fodder 6. Auction off 7. The loneliest number? 8. Sound like Secretariat

9. Capital on the Dnieper 10. Fungal spore sacs 11. Post-deductions amount 12. Site of Trojan War 15. Get through 20. Nursemaid in India, pl. 22. Mourner’s wish 24. Soon enough 25. *Nominated “Hustler” 26. Article of faith 27. Opposite of glossy 29. Pigeon’s home 31. Old scolds 32. One of “12 Angry Men,” e.g. 33. Rabbit hole wonderer 34. *”Saving Mr. _____” 36. Obsolescent phone feature 38. Tempo 42. Wallops 45. *Folk singer “______ Davis”

Field Workers 5 temp positions; approx 10 months; job to begin 4/1/14 through 1/31/15; Duties: propagation of plant material including planting, maintenance and harvesting of plant material in preparation for wetland use. $9.87 per hour; 40 hr a wek/OT varies but not guaranteed; 2 month experience required in job offered. All work tools provided. Housing and transportation provided to workers who can not reasonably return to their permanent residence at the end of the work day; Transportation and subsistence expenses to the worksite will be provided by the employer upon completion of 50% of the work contract, or earlier, if appropriate; ¾ hours guaranteed in a work day during contract. Employment offered by Dauterive Contractors, Inc. dba: Wetlands Restoration located in New Iberia, LA. Qualified applicants may call employer for interview at (337) 364-9613. Applicants may apply for this position at their nearest SWA office located at 304 Pearl St., Beaumont, TX 77701.

49. Pose a question 51. *Nominated animated feature 54. Church song 56. Manicurist’s board 57. *Previous Supporting Actor nominees Wahlberg or Ruffalo 58. Arab League member 59. “Hey!” 60. Above 61. *”____ Man 3,” nominated for Visual Effects 62. European erupter 63. Commuter line 66. Princess tormentor 68. Yellow ___

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12 temporary positions; approx 10 months; Duties: To opérate farm equipment during field maintenance; planting of sugarcane by hand; operating farm equipment during harvesting of sugar cane; farm and field sanitation duties; operation and performing minor repairs and maintenance of farm vehicles and equipment; Able to work in hot, humid weather, bending and stooping to reach ground level crops and able to stand on feet for long periods of time. Once hired, workers may be required to take a random drug test at no cost to worker. Testing positive or failure to comply may result in immediate termination. $9.87 per hour; OT varies, not guaranteed . Job to begin on 4/1/14 through 2/1/15. 3 months experienced required in job offered. All work tools provided. Housing and transportation provided to workers who can not reasonably return to their permanent residence at the end of the work day; Transportation and subsistence expenses to the worksite will be provided by the employer upon completion of 50% of the work contract, or earlier, if appropriate; ¾ hours guaranteed in a work day during contract. Employment offered by A & M Farms, Inc. located in New Iberia, LA. Qualified applicants may call employer for interview (337) 3648903 or may apply for this position at their nearest State Workforce located at 304 Pearl St., Beaumont, TX 77701.

5 temporary positions; approx 10 months; job to begin 3/20/14 through 1/15/15; Duties: To opérate farm equipment during field maintenance; planting of sugarcane by hand; operating farm equipment during harvesting of sugar cane; farm and field sanitation duties; operation and performing minor repairs and maintenance of farm vehicles and equipment; Able to work in hot, humid weather, bending and stooping to reach ground level crops and able to stand on feet for long periods of time. Once hired, workers may be required to take a random drug test at no cost to worker. Testing positive or failure to comply may result in immediate termination. $9.87 per hour; 35 hr a week; OT varies but not guaranteed; 3 months experience require in job offered. All work tools provided. Housing and transportation provided to workers who can not reasonably return to their permanent residence at the end of the work day; Transportation and subsistence expenses to the worksite will be provided by the employer upon completion of 50% of the work contract, or earlier, if appropriate; ¾ hours guaranteed in a work day during contract. Employment offered by Harang Sugars, Inc. located in Donaldsonville, LA. Qualified applicants may call employer for interview (225) 473-3339. Applicants may apply for this position at their nearest SWA office located at 304 Pearl St., Beaumont, TX 77701.

4 temp positions; approx 9 ½ months; Duties: to operate farm equipment; planting of sugarcane by hand, farm, field and shed sanitation duties; operation and performing minor repairs and maintenance of farm vehicles and equipment. Able to work in hot, humid weather, bending or stooping to reach ground level crops and able to stand on feet for long periods of time. Once hired, workers may be required to take a random drug test at no cost to the worker. Testing positive or failure to comply may result in immediate termination. $9.87 per hour; Job to begin on 3/15/14 through 1/1/15. 3 months experience required in job offered. All work tools provided. Housing and transportation provided to workers who can not reasonably return to their permanent residence at the end of the work day; Transportation and subsistence expenses to the worksite will be provided by the employer upon completion of 50% of the work contract, or earlier, if appropriate; ¾ hours guaranteed in a work day during contract. Employment offered by Welcome Plantation located in St. James, LA. Worksite located in Lakeland, LA. Qualified applicants may call employer for interview at (225) 473-9548 or may apply for this position at their nearest SWA office located at 304 Pearl St., Beaumont, TX 77701.


• The Record • Week of Wednesday, February 12, 2014


Gavin Bruney

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Catholics of a more traditional bent really cause Francis to bring out the stick. He has called them “triumphalists” and “restorationists.” He dubs those that send him notes enumerating the number of rosaries they have prayed for him “Pelagians,” after the heretic who denied the necessity of divine grace for salvation. In his pastoral letter he more memorably extended it to “self-absorbed Promethean neo-Pelagians” Don’t forget the “querulous and disillusioned pessimists” and the “sourpusses” that afflict the church. A more progressiveminded priest may get slammed as a “promoter of the poison of immanence.” One Catholic blogger has been commissioned to compile all the Vicar of Christ’s invective into The Pope Francis Little Book of Insults. Insults aren’t foreign to Christianity. Jesus himself was brutal when condemning the “whitened sepulchers” and the “brood of vipers” among the religious leaders of his day. As reported by The Week. Indeed, if one encounters the church only through the hegemonic frame of the culture war and political battles, it does seem like the church is little more than a series of “Thou shall nots” closely linked to human sexuality. The liturgy, the ministries to the poor, the wide variety of life in the church seem to fade into the background. Including the volcanic eruptions of its supposedly placid pope.

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